The Washington Examiner said in a tweet early Monday that President Trump “is going to hell” and that the conservative paper “is garbage.”
The identity of the person who posted the tweet was not disclosed although there is speculation that it may be a post by a disgruntled employee, or possibly a hacker.
The tweet was sent to the Examiner‘s 140,000 Twitter followers begins. It said, “Trump is going to hell. Anyone who ever read the bible can tell you where it stands on rich adulterers.”
“The key to God’s forgiveness is repentance. Trump’s entire political career has been about the exact opposite of that,” it continues before adding, “Also this paper is garbage for promoting ‘Trump and God.'”
The tweet was later taken down, but a copy of it was posted by senior Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake who wrote:
“Happy Monday morning to the editors at the Washington Examiner!”
Happy Monday morning to the editors at the Washington Examiner! pic.twitter.com/AzVLIgI7nL
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 5, 2018
Before the tweet was taken down at around 7:00 a.m., it was noticed by a lot of shocked observers and commentators.
“If you had told me last night that The Washington Examiner would be making headlines today I would have said “for what, telling the truth?”
And you would have said “yes.”
If you had told me last night that The Washington Examiner would be making headlines today I would have said "for what, telling the truth?"
And you would have said "yes."
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 5, 2018
Many people have wondered how a serial adulterer like Donald Trump could get such strong support from Christian Evangelicals who supposedly have strong moral values. So the tweet from the Examiner led to speculation that maybe some Christian conservatives were finally turning against the president.
Few people thought that a man who has admitted to extra-marital affairs with porn stars, and admitted to paying them hush money to keep them silent, would ever be the darling of right-wing Christianity. But somehow Trump has pulled off that feat, to the surprise of tens of millions of unhappy Americans.
NOTE: After the first draft of this article was written, The Washington Examiner posted the following tweet:
“The Washington Examiner’s Twitter feed was hacked and a tweet was posted that did not come from our staff. We are taking appropriate action and will issue a further statement if necessary.”
The Washington Examiner’s Twitter feed was hacked and a tweet was posted that did not come from our staff. We are taking appropriate action and will issue a further statement if necessary.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 5, 2018
Even this speculation has been met with skepticism by social media commentators, but until additional information comes out, we’ll have to accept their explanation that they were “hacked.” It may have been a missed opportunity by them to for once tell the truth about President Donald Trump.