Internet Prankster Just Updated That Website Rudy Giuliani Accidentally Tweeted, and We Can't Wait for the Next Update
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 (@Jason)1543619885.0
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"
I’d hate for this tweet to distract from the Mueller memo that just dropped. So, I made a little update to the site… https://t.co/7sG8rC2w8a— Jason (@Jason)1543982725.0
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.
@jasondotgov I nominate you for @TIME person of the year 👏🏼— Staz Trudeaux (@Staz Trudeaux)1544018960.0
@jasondotgov Good job! https://t.co/dhDY3hf35h— MaryS (@MaryS)1543998098.0
@jasondotgov Not all heroes wear capes. You Sir, I salute you.— kris (@kris)1544022439.0
@jasondotgov Love love love this story. Thank you @jasondotgov bwahahahaha— John DeGregory (@John DeGregory)1544025427.0
@jasondotgov https://t.co/v4KhFslOfq— Lorilye 🌊🌊🌊 (@Lorilye 🌊🌊🌊)1544046305.0
@jasondotgov Live long and prosper, my friend. Intelligence, humor, and quick thinking ftw. #G20in #GiulianiDoh— Are You Even Trying? (@Are You Even Trying?)1544043873.0
@jasondotgov Our Hero! 👏👏👏😂😂😂❤️— Notgoing Totellyou (@Notgoing Totellyou)1544022231.0
@jasondotgov You are my favorite person this month. Thank you 😂— ℓαυяα ✾ (@ℓαυяα ✾)1544045720.0
The demand for more is real.
@jasondotgov Hell yeah, just saw that update. Planning on keeping it up to date with each new indictment/conviction/sentencing that drops?— Ligerzero Gaming & Cosplay (@Ligerzero Gaming & Cosplay)1544044721.0
@TineLeela @jasondotgov Anything to push them over the edge is good with me.— NAB (@NAB)1544019186.0
@jasondotgov @SheJStaz @TIME @realDonaldTrump Yossarian award of the week! https://t.co/iPMjFTfLQH— Julie P (@Julie P)1544027413.0
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-… https://t.co/n4nwHT71fB— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1543971205.0
And this is who Trump put in charge of "the cyber."