WASHINGTON, U.S. - A strange and rather hilarious incident played out on Twitter on the day that Dow Jones industrials experienced its largest single-day point drop - sending the microblogging site in a tizzy.
It all began when one Twitter user, Shaun Usher, who owns a blog called ‘Letters of Note’ photoshopped and posted a Donald Trump tweet.
The tweet read, “If the Dow Joins ever falls more than 1000 ‘points’ in a Single Day the sitting president should be ‘loaded’ into a very big cannon and Shot into the sun at TREMENDOUS SPEED! No excuses!”
The tweet, almost immediately went viral, and showed 28,553 retweets and 153,086 likes.
However, as the screenshot of the tweet went viral, clocking up over 7,000 retweets in less than two hours, a baffled Usher posted again - confirming that the post was a fake and that the U.S. President never posted the said tweet three years ago.
Fifteen minutes and thousands of retweets later, Usher posted, “Sweet mother of god. Not for one second did I think people would believe that to be genuine.”
He even humorously expressed shock that anyone could take his joke seriously.
He said, “OMG it's everywhere. What have I done.”
He posted again, “Siri can I be arrested for making a fake tweet”
He even said, “I put "Dow Joans" ffs”
Eventually, he said that he had been contacted by Snopes, a prominent online fact-checking website, which debunked the article.
He reportedly told the site in a message, “Naively thought it too ridiculous to be believable. Says a lot, really. Was going to delete it but it was everywhere within minutes — feels like I need to leave it up in its place of birth.”
What many believed could have been the reason for several thousands of people believing the tweet to be genuine was that Usher’s gag had the president’s tweeting style down to the dot - an eccentric statement, Randomly Capitalized Words and exclamation marks used in succession.