Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani blamed an accidental hyperlink in one of his tweets on Twitter hackers — and other users are having a field day with the bizarre accusation.
On November 30, the former New York City mayor posted a poorly-punctuated tweet about special counsel Robert Mueller reaching a plea deal with former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen.
In the tweet, there were no spaces between the periods at the end of sentences and the first letter of the next word — a typo that led to the creation of an accidental hyperlink.
Because of the poor punctuation of the November 30 tweet, a link to the website G-20.in — which features only the words “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country” — was created.
On December 4, Giuliani spoke out about the erroneous hyperlink — and found fault not with himself or whoever drafted it, but with Twitter.
“Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message,” he wrote. “The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying [sic] anti-Trumpers.”
Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 5, 2018
CNN’s Josh Campbell revealed the “anatomy” of Giuliani’s claim.
As Campbell pointed out, the attorney’s failure to put a space between “G-20.” and “In,” in the first two sentences of the tweet created a hyperlink.
A “mischief-maker” bought the G-20.in domain name and posted the phrase about Trump being a traitor, the reporter noted — and then Giuliani smelled a conspiracy and placed the blame on Twitter.
The anatomy of a tweet… pic.twitter.com/2A68IypHZk
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) December 5, 2018
Cybersecurity journalist Marcy Wheeler and the Daily Beast’s Adam Rawnsley both suggested it’s ironic that Giuliani appeared confused about the creation of the hyperlink given that he was the leader of a “cyber working group” for the Trump administration.
Remember: Trump appointed this man to head up cybersecurity. https://t.co/LZmmYMAKHL
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 5, 2018
Rudy Giuliani consults on cybersecurity and led a "cyber working group" for the Trump admin. And yet. pic.twitter.com/4iRbJqfJDq
— Adam Rawnsley (@arawnsley) December 5, 2018
Check out more responses below:
Rudy Giuliani is a real inspiration. If he can fake a label of cybersecurity expert then there’s hope that any of us can fake it all the way to the top too pic.twitter.com/9SyoYtMsO0
— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) December 5, 2018