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.