Donald Trump certainly ranks as the most enthusiastic Twitter user among all current presidential candidates, and arguably, he is the most active Twitter poster of any presidential candidate in history — though the 2016 campaign is just the third since the micro-messaging social network first went online in 2006.
In addition to touting his own accomplishments and promoting his numerous TV appearances, Trump has often used his Twitter feed to deliver his trademark insults and putdowns to rivals, competitors and just about anyone he doesn’t like — people he generally labels, “losers.”
To mark the 12th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2013, Trump used his “losers” putdown in a strange context, posting the following tweet.
For readers who cannot see the image of the tweet, the text reads, “I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”
The tweet was bizarre on numerous levels. The commemoration of September 11 has rarely been considered a time to pass along “best wishes,” as if it were a birthday or high school graduation.
Also, the use of the phrase “special date” seemed like an oddly saccharine way of referring to the solemn anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
But it was the reference to “haters and losers” that appeared most out of place in a message commemorating the mass tragedy of 9/11.
Who were these “haters and losers” to whom Trump offered “best wishes” in the bizarre 9/11 tweet? Trump did not specify. In a separate tweet on September 28 of 2014, he offered some clarification.
The text of Trump’s explanation of the “haters and losers” comment reads, “Every time I speak of the haters and losers I do so with great love and affection. They cannot help the fact that they were born f****d up!”
However, on September 11 of 2016 — his first 9/11 commemoration as a presidential candidate — Trump has now deleted the two year old “haters and losers” 9/11 tweet.
Trump Spokesperson Hope Hicks told Business Insider online that the reason the tweet was deleted was simply, “It is from several years ago.”
Just as strangely, at least as of Friday afternoon, a retweet of the same “haters and losers” tweet — a retweet made by Trump himself, retweeting his own message — remained on Trump’s Twitterfeed.
“@realDonaldTrump: I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013
The Donald Trump campaign offered no further clarification of the odd “haters and losers” 9/11 tweet.
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