Who is Pierre Delecto? "C’est moi" says Mitt Romney

President Donald Trump with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels last year

President Donald Trump with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels last year

Good evening. It's a Sunday night in October, there's a brisk chill in the air, and Slate's Ashley Feinberg found Republican Senator Mitt Romney's totally secret Twitter account.

During an interview with The Atlantic this week, Romney mentioned to writer McKay Coppins that he uses a secret Twitter account - "What do they call me, a lurker?" he said. He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account-"What do they call me, a lurker?"-to keep tabs on the political conversation".

Coppins later checked in with Romney to ask about Pierre Delecto, and Romney responded, "C'est moi". Former reporters on the Romney beat and advisors to Romney's campaign were among the account's other followers.

More recently, the account explicitly attacked Trump for his, "awful decision" to withdraw troops from Syria, which Romney has publicly condemned, adding, "but what could the Senate do to stop it?"

However, Trump said that the Democrats have two things going for them - one of which involves not having a Mitt Romney-like figure around.

GOP colleagues, Romney acknowledged to Coppins, are fearful of a presidential firestorm of tweets aimed in their direction. It followed a slew of never-Trump Republicans and Romney family members, but rarely tweeted... except occasionally in support of Romney.

The account followed 702 people - reasonably close to 668 - including a number of athletes and celebrities, from Tom Brady to Jimmy Kimmel to, yes, O'Brien. These aren't years-old tweets griping about Trump or other Republicans from back when Romney was enjoying private life. In response, Trump has labeled Romney a "pompous "ass" " and called for his "impeachment", though senators can not be impeached. The likes also boost pro-Romney tweets.

But perhaps even more telling were Delecto's sparse tweets, several of which defended Romney.

Social media users quickly became obsessed with the weird moniker the senator chose for his alter ego.

Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner used the alias "Carlos Danger" to send explicit photos to at least one woman.

One comparison being made is between Delecto and James Comey's secret Twitter account under the name Reinhold Niebuhr- which also caught the attention of thousands of Twitter users when it was first discovered.

According to the Stanford Daily in 2012, when Romney was a freshman at Stanford University, he used the name "Tim Yenmor", or Mitt Romney backwards without one T, when he was quoted in an article about school pranks. "It's so illegitimate, ' Trump said, a day before House committees are to hear from a top career diplomat who was overseeing the USA embassy in Ukraine and complained about the 'crazy" idea of linking military aid to an investigation that would help Trump.

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