Not many people will admit to having a secret Twitter account, or really any kind of account. After all, the purpose of such an account is to be kept secret. However, Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted to the Atlantic’s McKay Coppins that he, in fact, did have a secret account.
Naturally, he did not divulge the name of this account but did say that he created it to keep track of political conversations. in addition, he also gave Coppins several vital pieces of information about the account, including that he was currently following 668 people. He even proceeded to name some of those people, such as several late-night comedians, athletes, and journalists.
Based on this information, it probably wouldn’t be all that hard to find it, especially given the fact that he is known to be a devout family man and one who happens to have a lot of family members.
Lucky for us, someone else already did all the hard work of following these clues to find Romney’s secret account. And according to account finder and writer for Slate Ashely Feinberg, Twitter user @qaws9876 or Pierre Delecto has all the tell-tale signs.
Firstly, it was created just one month after Romney announced his presidential run in 2011.
Secondly, the people Delecto follows are precisely who you would expect Romney to follow. The account currently follows 702 other users. And while this is not the equivalent of 668, as Romney admitted, Feinberg found this account quite a few weeks after Coppins interview with Romney. So it is entirely possible that 30 or so additions could be made in that time period.
But when we look at the names of those he follows, it is even more evidence that this just might be him in disguise.
Delecto primarily follows politicians, pundits, political operatives, and political reporters. Among some of the most well known are late-night hosts Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as famous athletes such as NFL quarterback Tom Brady and Brett Favre.
And then there are all the family ties.
Guess who Delecto followed first. None other than Romney’s oldest son, Tagg. In fact, all of the Romney children who hold Twitter accounts are being followed by Delecto. As is Jon Moe, a Utah photographer who has taken the extended Romney family’s photos.
The second person to be followed by this account was Glen Johnson, a political editor for Boston.com, who is a known supporter of Romney. Also being supported are Mark DeMoss and Eric Fehrnstrom, both former “advisors” to Romney, as well as quite a few other aides and advisors to the anti-Trump Republican. If we look at the reporters on the list, we notice most have covered Romney and his campaigns over the years, such as Matt Viser, Steven Peoples, Phillip Rucker, Ashley Parker, and even Coppins.
But we can’t leave out the accounts that really put our money on this user being Romney. These are the ones that hardly anyone except Romney would follow. The user account names should be proof enough of this: @SenRomney, @AltPresRomney, @NY4Mitt, and @MittRomney_2016.
And these are just a few. It also follows an account that has only been used once ever, named @Mitt_NH. This was followed by Delecto right after @TeamRomney chose to follow it and right before several other users with similar names did so.
But let’s look at the tweets themselves.
The account has made a total of ten tweets. And all of them have been a response to politically-based tweets.
The first took place in 2015 and criticized Fox News for not having the New Hampshire presidential poll up yet. As it so happened, this is the state where Romney was living at the time.
The next tweet was not made until May of this year and pointed out that Romney had been left out of a list of GOP Senators who supported Richard Burr.
The next few were all made to defend Mitt Romney’s honor after being criticized by various pundits and political bloggers. They all also mentioned that Romney was the obvious choice instead of Trump.
Then there is one condemning Trump’s decision to vacate Syria, a known Romney stance.
The most recent comes after Erick Erickson tweeted in praise of Romney, to which Delecto replied, “Don’t read the comments, ever.”
Suffice it to say; this Pierre Delecto is Mitt Romney. Even Coppins reached out to Romney on the possibility. And Romney replied, “C’est Moi.”