Mitt Romney, the Senator from Utah, former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, appears to be the man behind a Twitter account using the nickname "Pierre Delecto."
Mr. Romney admitted to McKay Coppins a writer on the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday that he was responsible for the social media account with which he secretly monitors and occasionally defends the political discourse. It is unclear what Pierre Delecto refers to at all.
First, The Atlantic released on Sunday a profile of Mr. Romney, one of the few prominent Republican lawmakers, who criticized President Trump for his efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate its Democratic rivals. These efforts form the basis for an impeachment investigation by the Parliament.
Mr. Trump reacted violently this month and called the Senator on Twitter a "pompous" ass who fought me from the start. In a tweet, the president used the hashtag "#IMPEACHMITTROMNEY".
In the Atlantic Profile, Mr. Romney admitted having a so-called "Lurker Account" – essentially a profile under a different name he secretly operated to oversee the political conversation. However, he declined to divulge the name associated with the account.
The recording aroused curiosity, especially that of the online news magazine Slate] was Mr. Romney, after he had discovered the account among the Twitter followers of one of his grandchildren.
Slates Ashley Feinberg noted that Pierre Delecto's first successor was Mr. Romney's oldest son, Tagg. The account was created in 2011, shortly after Mr. Romney announced his intention to run for President. According to Slate, the account also tracked all of Mr. Romney's kids who are on Twitter and several former counselors.
The account also released several meaningful answers to tweets about Romney that were captured by screenshots before the account was made private on the night of Sunday.
In a May May tweet, Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post conservative blogger, said Mr. Romney's strategy with regard to Mr. Trump was "non-confrontation against spinelessness."
"Jennifer, you." I have to catch my breath, "Pierre Delecto replied. "Maybe then you can acknowledge the people who agree with you to a large extent, if not in every measure."
The Slate article prompted many in the social media to suspect that he had come up with something when Pierre Delecto actually became Mr. Romney one of the most extraordinary pseudonymous social media accounts for a public official of all time (the former FBI). Director James B. Comey as a moniker by Reinhold Niebuhr defeated) asking Romney if he was indeed "Pierre Delecto".
"I just talked to @MittRomney and asked about Pierre Delecto," Mr. Coppins said in a tweet. His only answer: "Cest moi". "
A spokeswoman for Mr. Romney did not answer direct account questions on Sunday night. However, in an e-mail, the spokeswoman sent a link to the tweet of Mr. Coppins describing Mr. Romney's recording.
Neil Vigdor contributed to the coverage.