The Twitterer-in-Chief who – by his own words – is “like, a smart person” still can’t quite get the hang of distinguishing between real people and bot accounts on Twitter, and today was no different.
In an early morning tweet, the Trump thanked an obvious Twitter bot who praised him and his family:
God bless President Trump, his family and his team who are faithfully and diligently “ MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Evelyn McQuary (@EvelynMcquary) October 4, 2017
We’re adding the Trump tweet as a screen capture in case he deletes it (you never know):
If you dig a little deeper into the “Evelyn McQuary” account, you will notice that they joined Twitter in August 2015 – around the time Trump announced his candidacy – and that most of the activity on the account is re-tweeting right-wing articles supporting Trump and his agenda.
If you want to go full internet sleuth you can do a reverse image search on Ms. McQuary’s profile picture, and this is what you’ll find:
Either Ms. McQuary is an identical sextuplet, or the picture is a favored one among Twitter bots. We’re going to go with the latter.
It is not the first, or even the tenth, time that “Smart Person Trump” has retweeted/replied to bots on Twitter. According to Business Insider, the president has “retweeted bots on Twitter hundreds of times,” and in their October 1st article they do an excellent analysis of Trump’s history with bots.
According to Twitter Audit 41 percent, or approximately 16 million, of Trump’s 40 million Twitter followers are fake as of today, and it looks like the number is increasing. That’s over one third bots.
Put another way, when Trump retweets a “follower,” he has a one out of three chance of that account being fake.
One could argue that a person who is so smart that they don’t have to attend daily security briefings would be able to click a few times to find out if someone is a bot, but then again, it’s Donald Trump we’re talking about.
Watch Trump call himself a smart person here:
Featured image via screen capture
*This piece was edited at 10:05 AM to correct a statistic.