It's a question that fervently divides us: one space after a period or two? For Rudy Giuliani, the big issue is that there were zero. What started as a Friday typo has spiraled into a prank and then accusations of a conspiracy. Here's the timeline:
- On Friday, Giuliani took to Twitter to rail against Robert Mueller in a five-sentence tweet. Here it is, exactly as written. Pay attention to the spacing: "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.Either could have been done earlier or later. Out of control!Supervision please?
- In three instances, Giuliani failed to insert a space between two sentences. On the first occasion, what resulted was "G-20.In," which looked to Twitter like a hyperlink, as ".in" is the Internet country code for India, reports the Washington Post—so it was automatically made into a clickable link.
- Jason Velazquez knew it was an oops, but clicked on the link anyway, saw no one owned it, scooped it up for roughly $6, and used it to display a white sentence on a black background: "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country." He tells CNET the whole process took him 15 minutes, and "I did it, mostly, because I could."
- Velazquez, 37, tweeted about what he had done. Others took note, per the Post, including Alyssa Milano and former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who tweeted "whoever is behind the g-20.in, is a godd--- genius."
- Giuliani noticed by Tuesday night, at which point he tweeted a gripe with Twitter itself: "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."
- Twitter essentially said that's ludicrous as it cannot and does not edit tweets. Here's its statement to the New York Times: "The accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false."
- The Times highlights what many Twitter users are highlighting: The fact that Giuliani first joined the Trump administration as a cybersecurity adviser. CNET rounds up some of the tweeted replies to Giuliani in that vein (read them here), like this one: "Did you try unplugging it then plugging it back in?"
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