Remember that website Rudy Giuliani accidentally tweeted? It got an update.
Jason Velasquez, an Atlanta digital marketing director, decided to buy the domain G-20.In into which he wrote: “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
Rudy didn’t separate g-20 from .in so ya boy bought the domain. 😎 https://t.co/mlEw39ue20
— Jason Velazquez (@jasondotgov) November 30, 2018
That was Friday.
On Tuesday night, Velasquez tweeted out an addition to his anti-President Donald Trump site.
“I’d hate for this tweet to distract from the Mueller memo that just dropped,” he wrote. “So, I made a little update to the site. Nice try, Rudy —> http://g-20.in”
— Jason Velazquez (@jasondotgov) December 5, 2018
The addition contains a hyperlink to a Reddit thread about ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, whose sentencing memo was released Tuesday night.
It reads: “BREAKING: Special counsel calls ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation ‘substantial,’ recommends no jail time.”
The public learned Tuesday that Mueller requested no jail time for the now disgraced former lieutenant general’s role in the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.
Velasquez’s subsequent trolling was a hit.
I nominate you for @TIME person of the year 👏🏼
— Staz Trudeaux (@SheJStaz) December 5, 2018
Good job! pic.twitter.com/dhDY3hf35h
— MaryS (@stolfatuous) December 5, 2018
Not all heroes wear capes. You Sir, I salute you.
— kris (@jaqusique) December 5, 2018
Love love love this story. Thank you @jasondotgov bwahahahaha
— John DeGregory (@JFDSFla) December 5, 2018
— Lorilye 🌊🌊🌊 (@DaisyGirlUSA) December 5, 2018
— Carla Baku (@CarlaBaku) December 5, 2018
Please don't ever take it down, even if they try to pay you.
— Tracy Tynsky (@tynsk5) December 5, 2018
Our Hero! 👏👏👏😂😂😂❤️
— Notgoing Totellyou (@M5B1tch) December 5, 2018
You are my favorite person this month. Thank you 😂
— ℓαυяα ✾ (@lauraakenn) December 5, 2018
The demand for more is real.
Hell yeah, just saw that update. Planning on keeping it up to date with each new indictment/conviction/sentencing that drops?
— 🎄🎅Ligerzero Gaming & Cosplay🎅🎄 (@Ligerzero459) December 5, 2018
Anything to push them over the edge is good with me.
— NAB (@ImdaPrincesse) December 5, 2018
Yossarian award of the week! pic.twitter.com/iPMjFTfLQH
— Julie P (@aceblue2u) December 5, 2018
In an interview with WaPo, Velasquez said he did not expect his prank to go viral. By Wednesday morning, Giuliani’s tweet had been shared more than 17,000 times.
“I kind of chuckled a little bit that he created this accidental link,” Velasquez told The Washington Post. Velasquez “knew immediately that it was just a typo” but since Twitter creates a working link from any legitimate domain, Velasquez seized the opportunity to air a grievance.
“I wanted something . . . bold,” he said. “Certainly, something that [Giuliani] would not want to be linked from his tweet.”
Instead of deleting and correcting the tweet, however, Giuliani left it up.
Giuliani’s Twitter gaffe “speaks to the impulsive nature of the administration where they’re not thoughtful in anything they put out there, especially on Twitter,” Velasquez said. He added that even if Giuliani were to delete the tweet, he still wins.
“That would mean that I forced him to delete it,” he said. “It’s a hilarious Catch-22. Either I affect what his message is, or I affect what his message is.”
Velasquez told the New York Times he was shocked that the tweet had been left standing.
“He could have deleted it and everyone would have forgotten about it, my tweet would have stopped going viral,” he said. “Instead he tweeted about it and created a conspiracy theory against Twitter.”
The New York Times noted that Giuliani’s “period no space” complaint is irrelevant because “Helsinki.Either,” Giuliani’s other space-skip, is not a working domain.
Giuliani has not been the best sport about it.
“Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message,” complained Giuliani. “The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed card-carrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE.”
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
And this is who Trump put in charge of “the cyber.”