Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) admitted that he has a separate Twitter account he uses specifically for ‘lurking,’ behind the pen name Pierre Delecto.
“C’est moi,” Romney confessed to The Atlantic’s McCay Coppins using the French equivalent of “it’s me.”
Romney’s secret Twitter account was first disclosed by Slate’s Ashley Feinberg, the same reporter who revealed former FBI Director James Comey’s alternative account in 2017.
The secret account began to unravel itself following an article published by The Atlantic that detailed a profile of Romney. It came at a time when he was known as one of the few Republicans who are openly critical of President Donald Trump following his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which sparked the impeachment inquiry.
The Delecto Twitter account is now set to private, but Feinberg had taken screenshots before the account became inaccessible to the public.
“Pierre has only ever tweeted 10 times total, and all of them have been replies to other tweets – certainly the sort of behavior one might expect to see from a self-described ‘lurker,’” Feinberg pointed out. “The account’s first tweet, coming a whole four years after its initial registration, was a show of frustration at Fox News for not yet having a New Hampshire presidential poll up.”
The tweets that Pierre Delecto made were often replies to prominent users criticizing Romney, a report by NBC News noted.
In May, using the Delecto alias, Romney replied to Washington Post conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin, telling her to “take a breath” when she wrote saying that Romney’s strategy was “non-confrontation verging on spinelessness,” according to NBC News.
“Jennifer, you need to take a breath,” Delecto tweeted. “Maybe you can acknowledge the people who agree with you in large measure even if not in every measure.”
In June, when Former CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien said in a tweet calling Romney out for his “utter lack of a moral compass” responding to a story that suggests Romney probably won’t endorse Trump in 2020, Romney shot right back with his Delecto account.
“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 moral compass?” Delecto tweeted.
According to NBC News, Romney has also used the Pierre Delecto alias to “like” a number of tweets that were strongly condemnatory of Trump, including one that endorsed the use of the 25th Amendment in response to the president’s withdrawal of troops from Syria.
Romney saw immediate backlash following the reveal of his alternative Twitter account, where he was mocked by a number of individuals over speculation that he made the account to defend himself from criticism, the Daily Wire reports.
Republican strategist Arthur Schwarz called Romney “a total loser” on Twitter, and New York Times reporter Mike Isaac tweeted saying: “I think the saddest version of the anon-alt-burner account is the one used to defend yourself in public.”
Isaac also commented on how disconcerting some of the tweets “liked” by Romney’s alternative account were, tweeting: “god these favs are brutal.”