The 45th President of the United States tweets rather prolifically. Because of this, there is much to mine online in the Twitter history of Donald Trump, before and after he became president.
And frequently, within his reported over 35,000 tweets, is one that comes back to haunt him.
It happens so frequently that users of Reddit —the American social news aggregation, web content rating and discussion website— started the subReddit "Trump Criticizes Trump: Using Trump's Previous Tweets to Criticize President Trump".
According to their description, "For every Trump action there is a Trump tweet criticizing that action." There are over 900 examples posted so far.
The newest Trump tweet cited is from almost two years ago and concerns Russian hackers and Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.
But why bring this up now? Then candidate Trump posted the tweet back in July 2016.
Trump's Department of Justice, headed by Trump appointees, Republicans Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, announced indictments Friday, July 13, against 12 Russian intelligence officials. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the 12 Russian military officers hacked the DNC emails, according to the court filings.
They then, through another party, leaked emails from senior Democratic Party members during the 2016 presidential election campaign. The hacks and leaks threw the DNC into disarray only months before the election.
On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, met at Trump Tower with at least one admitted Russian government operative. After the election, the Trump administration initially lied about the purpose of the meeting, but eventually revealed, during congressional testimony, the real reason was gathering information damaging to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Reddit is not the only place that Trump's 2016 tweet, coming a little over a month after his campaign's meeting with Russian operatives offering them DNC dirt, got notice.
Twitter spread the news as well.
Tweet from July 25, 2016. https://t.co/pcTyoWU9xx— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1531498801.0
Look at this. From 2016. It's EXACTLY what happened. https://t.co/f2MYuIoUQh— Shaun King (@Shaun King) 1531498610.0
Two years ago this month. According to Trump’s own DOJ, this isn’t a joke, it’s what happened: Russia hacked the… https://t.co/AgCTY5H3Tj— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1531498783.0
#RT @ezraklein: RT @voxdotcom: There. Is. Always. A. Tweet. https://t.co/4Q4HCrUc2t https://t.co/C5yNMsmNPr— LA Progressive (@LA Progressive) 1531504334.0
There is always a Trump tweet, DNC hack edition https://t.co/kemPoHSQ2C— #TheResistance (@#TheResistance) 1531501779.0
There is always a Trump tweet, DNC hack edition: Trump in 2016: Russia hacking the DNC is “the new joke in town.” M… https://t.co/i7zKliAB8w— かわた＠マーケター (@かわた＠マーケター) 1531505464.0
The new joke in town is #Trump Clearly he is complicite in the offer of hacking https://t.co/W9g5anNWWU— Mikey V (@Mikey V) 1531502800.0
Today's news: https://t.co/qOCvYcdLIj Trump tweet from July 2016: https://t.co/hoWIyWssOl— Roey Hadar (@Roey Hadar) 1531498646.0
2-1/2 months before the election, this is what @realDonaldTrump had to say about Russia leaking DNC emails. Notice… https://t.co/l1Cbhk0qVY— True Blue Liberal (@True Blue Liberal) 1531503550.0
@ShaunKing That's what a liar does. Shapes the truth as absurdity when they throw it in your face. It was true when… https://t.co/u7e94CDOjY— ♬Uzoamaka, Sharie♬ (@♬Uzoamaka, Sharie♬) 1531499007.0
But that Trump tweet —designed to discredit the idea of a Russian led deliberate hack of the DNC emails— is not the only thing being resurrected from July of 2016. Twitter user Steven D. Schroeder reminded Kyle Griffin of a 2016 interview Griffin shared last year.
In it, Trump Jr. appeared in an interview with Jake Tapper, a day before his father's tweet attempted to poke holes in the Russian email hacking story. In the interview, Trump Jr. claimed there was no basis for DNC claims of Russian interference or attempts to help the Trump campaign.
FLASHBACK: Don Jr. July 24, 2016. On the Clinton campaign's claims that the Russians were helping Trump: "It's disg… https://t.co/7Gvxk4oUdh— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1499787270.0
This interview was a little more than a month after Russians contacted Trump Jr. to set up a meeting to, according to Trump Jr.'s sworn congressional testimony, offer him damaging information against Hillary Clinton.
And another person brought up a July 2017 tweet by the President, one year after the denials of Russian hacking and one year before the indictments. In it, Trump posted he discussed developing an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" to protect elections... with Vladimir Putin.
Remember this tweet when you think about the fact that we just indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers f… https://t.co/7ZvuBBCR2X— (((MikeTheInfidel))) (@(((MikeTheInfidel)))) 1531500155.0
After today's indictments though,some in the Twittersphere are simply bracing for a reaction on the President's Twitter account.
Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the DNC during the election. W… https://t.co/eKUKXS5CcH— Hilary "Angry Kitteh" 🏳️🌈❄️🌊✨🐬👓 (@Hilary "Angry Kitteh" 🏳️🌈❄️🌊✨🐬👓) 1531499413.0