Last night, after Melania Trump ripped off direct lines from Michelle Obama‘s 2008 DNC speech, there was a lot of blame thrown up in the air amidst all the chaos and it had to come down somewhere. Donald Trump‘s campaign inexplicably blamed Hillary Clinton, who has not yet mentioned the gaffe in public. Staff and the mysterious speechwriter got their piece, too.
Someone who runs the Justice Department’s Twitter thinks that CNN is the problem. How do we know? Oh, they tweeted it, clearly thinking they were posting to their own account. Or, at least, that’s what various screenshots captured by Twitizen journalists suggest. Here:
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) July 19, 2016
What makes us so sure this is real is that the screenshots aren’t all the same. Here’s one someone captured that says “Twitter web client” and looks totally different from the screenshots caught in-app:
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 19, 2016
Here it is, apparently on a computer:
— Matt Baumann (@Matt_bau) July 19, 2016
And here is a grab of it that includes more retweets and favorites:
The Justice Department weighs in… pic.twitter.com/QJkuC1FZsd
— Matt Ford (@fordm) July 19, 2016
Hashtag petty! “Lmao,” indeed.
UPDATE: 2:00 p.m. ET Politico reported that they received a statement from the Justice Department, saying that a public affairs staffer posted it on their account when they meant to switch to a personal account. The department also said that they would review their social media policy and implement changes necessary to avoid a recurrence.
“The tweet does not represent the Department’s views and was inappropriate for the Department of Justice’s official account, so it was immediately deleted. The staffer’s access to the Department’s social media accounts has been revoked.”
UPDATE — 2:12 p.m. EST:
The DOJ has revoked the responsible staffer’s access to all associated social media and stated the following, per The Hill:
The tweet does not represent the Department’s and was inappropriate for the Department of Justice’s official account, so it was immediately deleted … As a result of this incident, the Office of Public Affairs has implemented procedural changes to the way we use our social media accounts and will provide additional social media training for employee. The Justice Department takes this matter very seriously and will continue to take the appropriate steps to prevent it from happening in the future.
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