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Mitt Romney used fake Twitter account Pierre Delecto to defend himself, like anti-Trump posts

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"What do they call me, a lurker?" Romney said. 


Though he did not divulge the name of the Twitter handle, he let slip that he followed 688 people. 


Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg then used that limited data to infer that the Pierre Delecto account was, in fact, Romney. 


The account has since been made private, but according to screenshots of his posts taken by reporters, Romney appears to have primarily used the Twitter profile to anonymously defend himself from posts or comments on the social media platform that he felt were unfair. 



For example, when Soledad O'Brien shared a story from The Hill about Romney's questioning whether he would endorse Trump in 2020, O'Brien wrote, "Utter lack of a moral compass." 


"Only Republican to hit Trump on Mueller report, only one to hit Trump on character time and again, so Soledad, you think he's the one without the moral compass?" tweeted Delecto in response. 


When Brit Hume, from Fox News, shared a Daily Caller story about Romney's statement that President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria made the U.S. an "unreliable ally," along with the comment, "Some might say Romney is too." 

"Loyal to principle trumps loyalty to party or person, right Brit?" Delecto replied.


When conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin tweeted that Romney's way of dealing with Trump was "nonconfrontation verging on spinelessness," Delecto replied, "Jennifer, you need to take a breath. Maybe you can then acknowledge the people who agree with you in large measure even if not in every measure." 

And when one Twitter user said, "Congrats GOP Senate. Well done," regarding the fallout from Trump's Syria withdrawal, Romney tweeted in his Delecto guise, "John, agree on Trump's awful decision, but what could the Senate do to stop it?" 


Slate also shared some of the posts liked by Romney via the Delecto account. Many of them were posts that were positive about himself. 


For example, he liked one post from Washington Post reporter Matt Viser, in which Viser asked, "Who is having the better Saturday?" with a photo of Romney at a pumpkin patch with his family beside a Trump Twitter rant in which he called Romney "pompous." 


A couple other tweets he liked:



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