Donald Trump was having a bit of a freak-out on Sunday, frantically retweeting over 20 posts that seem to support him over the Ukraine whistleblower scandal which had led the House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry. Somehow, one of the tweets in the mix comes from a bot account that inserts words related to sharks into Trump’s tweets called “Trump But About Sharks.”
The tweet in question calls out the “Pro Shark Media.”
Several news outlets, as well as the bot account itself, have captured screenshots of the retweet, likely expecting that the retweet would be deleted from the president’s Twitter page. However, as of the publishing of this article, it has not been deleted.
Just in case, however, here’s the screenshot that is now pinned to the top of Trump But About Sharks’ Twitter page.
The bot account was reportedly created after Trump tweeted about his dislike for sharks, which led to a surge in donations to non-profit organizations that work to protect sharks, according to an article by The Guardian that the account links to. It also features a rather unflattering photo of Trump as its profile picture, which the president apparently failed to notice, unless he did this intentionally to distract people. Who even knows anymore?
Regardless, among the constant horror coming out of the Trump administration and the Trump Twitter account, including possible quid pro quo with a foreign nation and possible threats of Civil War should the impeachment inquiry lead to his removal from office, people are enjoying this purely funny presidential gaffe.
One account, @tbasharks, literally states that it’s a bot account that “does some word replacement on his tweets to make them about sharks.” The profile picture is very unflattering and the banner is about Shark Week for that time Trump wanted to watch it with Stormy Daniels. pic.twitter.com/3W4rfeQs2b
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 29, 2019
trump explaining to new zealand’s prime minister that that they can have Air Force One in exchange for “no more sharks”
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) September 30, 2019
Donald Trump retweeted a bot today that automatically modifies his tweets to make them about sharks because he hates sharks. This actually happened. We live in the dumbest era imaginable. pic.twitter.com/aIvGxXDxeS— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 29, 2019
In his frenzy, Trump retweeted a shark parody account.— 𝕊𝕔𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣'𝕤 ℂ𝕒𝕥-𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@C_doc_911) September 29, 2019
⠀ /⠀⠀ Ded pic.twitter.com/GpUj4g5WTT
The President retweeting the bot “Trump But About Sharks” during his mad rampage against Ed Henry is a beautiful thing to behold. 🦈 pic.twitter.com/zUdWCKNbZQ— Knight of the Wobble Wobble (@deknightberight) September 29, 2019
We know Trump’s deathly afraid of sharks, thanks to @StormyDaniels.
RT so Trump will see this.
Sound up! 🎶🎵 pic.twitter.com/jr7RyYSsze
— Sam Spiegel 🆘 (@UNSEATpac) September 30, 2019
Imagine being the one at the National Archives who has to write a description of the Trump-shark Twitter bot and how and why the president chose to amplify his/her/its message. pic.twitter.com/5aaPOdcMup— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) September 29, 2019
Because every week in the trump administration is shark week https://t.co/YDdC8fCnJe— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 29, 2019
Trump But About Sharks is OUR generation's Devin Nunes' Cow. https://t.co/9vetU8uzDI— Pauloween III: Season of the Witchcraft Sequel (@Dekkoparsnip2) September 29, 2019
Trump just retweeted a bot account that makes fun of him for his fear of sharks. I didn't have this on my bongo card pic.twitter.com/28MyFjoqJd— Michael Molyneaux (@MMolyneaux) September 29, 2019
To be fair, did anyone see any of this coming?