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
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:
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 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.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) September 27, 2016
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 27, 2016
Trump team deleting all those climate change tweets in real time is just too too perfect.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 27, 2016
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.
— Jeven W. (@xSmootx) September 27, 2016
That tweet, so far, has zero retweets.