We all know that the Cheeto-In-Chief is insanely trigger-happy when it comes to his Twitter account, but last week he pulled off one of his dumbest blunders yet.
In an effort to diss UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump threw together a rather sloppy tweet, aimed it at @theresamay (that’s probably her handle, right?) and promptly fired.
Unfortunately for him, the handle @theresamay doesn’t belong to the UK Prime Minister. In fact, it belongs to Theresa May Scrivener, a humble 41-year-old mother from Bognor.
Up until that moment, Theresa Scrivener had just six followers on Twitter and wasn’t largely active on the platform.
Trump deleted and reposted the Tweet 20 minutes later with the correct handle (@theresa_may), but by then it was too late.
Theresa received a storm of Twitter mentions, messages and follow requests while countless users mocked the US President’s mistake.
The woman who received Trump's first tweet at Theresa May in a case of mistaken identity has told PA: "It's amazing to think that the world's most powerful man managed to press the wrong button."
— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) November 30, 2017
As it turns out, Theresa is a lovely but very bewildered lady, which is understandable given the circumstances. She spoke to Techly and described the bizarre moment she realised what had happened.
“I had gone to bed around 10:30PM on the Wednesday evening,” she said.
“I was woken up at 4AM and I saw lots of messages and friend requests – at the time I was tired and I thought I had been hacked, as a few of my friends had been hacked recently.
“When I woke in the morning I then realised what had actually happened. I was shocked and it took me a long while to comprehend the enormity of the situation.”
Theresa’s account was private at the time, but this wasn’t actually a coincidence: she had done so because people had already been making the same mistake Trump did.
“I didn’t receive the tweet because I had switched off my notifications about a year ago due to the fact I was receiving tweets relating to the Prime Minister!”
This wasn’t just any Twitter user accidentally tagging the wrong Theresa. This is the most powerful man in the world (yes, it still makes us gag) who has more than 40 million followers.
“My Twitter was inundated with follower requests, messages from various people and tweets – none of which have been malicious,” Theresa said.
“I had friend requests from at least 30 reporters wanting to talk to me. It’s been crazy!”
It’s fair to say that if this happened to anyone I know, I would have milked the situation until every possible joke had been exhausted and rehashed as many times as possible.
Apparently, those who know Theresa aren’t much different.
“Friends think it’s funny, they have posted anything to do with the story on my Facebook and joked about how famous I am – some have asked for my autograph.
“But my friends and family have been very supportive.
“There is a campaign on Twitter to see if I can get as many followers if not more than the other Theresa May, the Prime Minister, to confuse Trump even more!”
While her views on Trump are rather mild, she did have a few words of wisdom for him.
“I don’t have any political views – I will not get into a debate between Trump and The Prime Minister,” she said.
“I don’t think he’s the right man for the job, he’s made a few mistakes, I never did from the start but we didn’t have many options.
“He needs to focus on running his own country and focus less on ours. I would suggest he gets off Twitter. Maybe check his tweets before he sends them in future.
“It’s scary to think that a man that powerful could push the wrong button!”
Sort of mistake you might make, in the middle of the night, when looking for the red nuclear button. Whoops! Sorry, France!
— Alison Graham (@ecolitical) November 30, 2017