Rudy Giuliani Tweets Wrong URL, Opponent Purchases Site Adding Message: “Donald J. Trump Is A Traitor”
Rudy Giuliani has grown into one of Donald Trump‘s most vocal supporters, working with the president as part of his legal team. Giuliani tweeted out a message in support of his colleague on Nov. 30 that contained a typo, one that inadvertently created a new website.
On Nov. 30, the former New York City mayor contested the creditability of Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, writing, “Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for G-20.In July, he indicted the Russians who will never come here just before he left for Helsinki.”
Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for https://t.co/8ZNrQ6X29a July he indicted the Russians who will never come here just before he left for Helsinki.Either could have been done earlier or later. Out of control!Supervision please?
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 30, 2018
However, his sentences did not have spaces between them. When Twitter sees a tweet with letters that could be the name for a website domain (such as .com or .gov), the social media platform converts them into a hyperlink that can be clicked on. Since .in is such a domain, Giuliani in turn accidentally tweeted a URL for “G-20.In.”
Someone soon purchased that domain, however, and clicking on it gives the message: “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.” A link to a Reddit thread covering the recent news regarding Michael Flynn has also been added as of this writing. According to The New York Times, Jason Velazquez, a 37-year-old owner of a web design firm, bought the URL. He purchased the domain for $5 and it was running after about 15 minutes.
Rudy Giuliani tweeted a hyperlink by accident when writing about the G-20. Someone bought that hyperlink and made it say, “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
He’s now created an insane conspiracy theory for his screw up. pic.twitter.com/PkSYAzPH9N
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 5, 2018
Giuliani, whom Trump had appointed as his cybersecurity advisor last year, does not believe he made a simple mistake, however. Instead, he is posing a conspiracy theory that Twitter gave permission to someone to “invade” his tweet “with a disgusting anti-President message.” Continuing, the lawyer insisted, “The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen.”
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