The Defense Department’s official Twitter account retweeted a message Thursday calling for three politicians, including President Trump, to step away from politics amid sexual assault allegations, but quickly deleted it and said it was a mistake.
The tweet, by a person using the handle “Proud Resister,” stated that Trump and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should resign from their jobs and that Republican Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside from running for the Senate. It also blamed the Republican Party for “making sexual assault a partisan issue,” adding: “It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy.”
The Pentagon’s main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers, but quickly reversed course.
Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman appointed by the Trump administration, and Army Col. Rob Manning, a military spokesman, said that “an authorized operator” of the Pentagon’s Twitter account “erroneously retweeted content that would not be endorsed by the Department of Defense.” The same individual noticed the error “and immediately deleted it,” they said.