A Twitter employee on the last day of his or her job deactivated Republican President Donald Trump's Twitter account Thursday — a ploy that lasted 11 minutes and elevated the culprit to "hero" status among those who gushed over the "successful coup."
Twitter originally said the Trump account outage was the result of "human error" and occurred "inadvertently":
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. Th… https://t.co/hNtJeihD0t— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov)1509667551.0
But Twitter later revealed a bit more:
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on… https://t.co/19oVsYAN2t— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov)1509674428.0
Quite the resume bullet point — depending on where the jester applies for a job next, of course.
Trump's sometimes provocative tweets have concerned and angered many observers since he took office in January, and the fact that the president's Twitter account was no longer active — even for a short time — was met with celebration and glee:
Who are you, mysterious hero? America wants to thank you. https://t.co/YH2HnrBoYi— Mashable (@Mashable)1509679910.0
To the guy who deactivated Trump's Twitter (even if only temporarily): History will remember you as a hero.— At0micPunk (@At0micPunk)1509676206.0
Shout out to the Twitter employee who deactivated Donald Trump's account for 11 mins on his/her last day in the job… https://t.co/qMnYLNXCfn— Paddy Power (@Paddy Power)1509701366.0
What a hero(ine) 😂😂😂. Deleting Trump’s twitter on last day at work. I can’t imagine how long she/he had wanted/plan… https://t.co/LABBqYiNP8— tawanda chivese (@tawanda chivese)1509693918.0
Don't know about making America great, but an unsung hero made Twitter great for 11 minutes by deactivating Trump's account..— Writer Thakur (@Writer Thakur)1509686315.0
And how did Trump react? Well, Trump answered on Friday morning as only he can:
My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1509706311.0