Less than nine hours after The Atlantic's article went live Sunday morning, Feinberg's follow-up went up on Slate: "This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney's Secret Twitter Account".
"Just spoke to @MittRomney on the phone, and asked him about Pierre Delecto", Coppins said in a tweet.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney admitted late Sunday that he has been lurking on Twitter for almost a decade, using the social media service anonymously to criticize President Trump and defend himself from online critics. By early Monday, the unusual pseudonym was a trending moment on Twitter and had been mentioned in more than 47,000 tweets.
Mitt Romney formerly served as the Governor of MA.
Romney later confirmed that he had been outed.
In a weekend interview in the Atlantic supplemented by some investigative digging at Slate, Romney was revealed to have kept up a secret online presence for eight years, since the time of his run for president against Barack Obama.
But the Utah senator has ramped up his criticism of the Trump administration, particularly the decision to pull troops out of northern Syria and leave behind Kurdish allies who helped fight ISIS alongside Americans. "President Trump is thinking outside the box", Graham said of Trump's thinking on oil.
In an interview with The Atlantic magazine on Sunday, the former presidential candidate admitted he had a "lurker" Twitter handle to follow the U.S. political conversation anonymously. It followed a slew of never-Trump Republicans and Romney family members, but rarely tweeted... except occasionally in support of Romney.
The account's second tweet pointed out a Bloomberg reported had forgotten to include Mitt in a list of senators sticking up for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr.
Why did Romney use a secret account?Slate noted that the account replied to several Romney-related tweets and liked some others that were critical of Trump and Republicans.
Those were apparently enough clues for Feinberg. The first user Delecto followed was Tagg Romney, the senator's eldest son.
The profile - which joined under the handle @qaws9876 in July 2011 - has followed a number of Romney aides, relatives, journalists who have covered his campaigns, as well as a photographer who has taken snaps of the Romney brood.
Another clue was Delecto's Twitter activity.
Delecto also enjoyed this tweet in which Trump attack dog Rudy Giuliani (aka his lawyer) was compared to an unspecified Batman villain.