Trump’s ‘Global Warming Was Invented By China’ Tweet Proudly Stands

A rumor started flying online that Trump was live-deleting tweets, but a glaring contradiction is still up

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Sep 26, 2016 at 10:24 PM ET

After Donald Trump denied that he’d ever said that climate change was created by the Chinese, several people pointed out that yeah, he totally did say that, which we know because there’s this tweet from November 2012:

Shortly afterwards, the rumor spread around Twitter that the tweet had been erased by someone in Trump’s camp (Trump, of course, wouldn’t be able to delete the tweet as he is currently participating in the debate). This was spread by several prominent accounts, including “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush, earning tens of thousands of retweets.

Big problem, though: the tweet is still up. It hasn’t been deleted. It’s still there, standing proudly in Trump’s timeline, one tweet among thousands. One user theorized that whoever first claimed the tweet was deleted was an account Trump had blocked.

That tweet, so far, has zero retweets.