Since signing on as President Trump's cybersecurity advisor in 2017, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has made clear again and again how little he knows about the world of computers. For instance, he doesn't seem to understand that, on Twitter, when you fail to put a space after a period, it forms a hyperlink leading to a website. In a recent tweet spreading conspiracy theories about Robert Mueller's special council, he inadvertently created a link to the website G-20.In.
Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for https://t.co/8ZNrQ6X29a July he indicted the Russians wh… https://t.co/YKyK3aSM5v— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1543602115.0
Unfortunately for Giuliani, 37-year-old Jason Velazquez, a tech-minded individual who owns a design firm in Atlanta, quickly scooped up the domain for $5 and added some text. If anyone follows Giuliani's link, they'll find this:
Twitter was so delighted by the practical joke, they combed through Giuliani's old tweets looking for other times he accidentally linked to non-existent websites.
They quickly found this example:
#REALNEWS: Woodward says no evidence of https://t.co/TZAyo1B7QP does Manafort’s team. Mueller can investigate endle… https://t.co/JnHebySFXZ— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1537068819.0
Following that link takes you to stories Lawfare has written about the "Russia Connection."
Benjamin Wittes, an editor for Lawfare, said the site had nothing to do with the link...but he's a big fan of whoever was.
Jokes aside--and we really did have nothing to do with this--this tweet is a thing of beauty. https://t.co/pEopBuYOHF— Benjamin Wittes (@Benjamin Wittes)1544023011.0
Giuliani, meanwhile, seemed to have heard about what was happening with his accidental links. Rather than own up to his mistake or delete the tweet, he created a brand new conspiracy theory where Twitter was maliciously creating links when he used improper grammar?
Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-… https://t.co/n4nwHT71fB— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1543971205.0
Twitter users obviously didn't buy Giuliani's story.
@RudyGiuliani "...invade my text..." lolol your sloppiness created a link, and someone went to the blank page it we… https://t.co/Ayq5Hk2Yd3— Saint Brian The Godless (@Saint Brian The Godless)1544070428.0
Needless to say, the President's lawyer was the subject of many laughs.
@RudyGiuliani You only have one job, and that's to use the spacebar, and you can't even get that right.— Dub J (@Dub J)1544031752.0
@RudyGiuliani I would say you need to learn how to space...but this is the second time in two days and it’s just so damn entertaining.— NB (@NB)1544033461.0
@RudyGiuliani So... how many more of your tweets will now have a link added? https://t.co/SlBJioG7lC— Rena (@Rena)1544065041.0
The internet sent tons of kudos to the quick thinkers who bought Giuliani's domains!
This is just awesome! https://t.co/IOHBdewpVE— Ed Krassenstein (@Ed Krassenstein)1543869188.0
The link Mr. Giuliani included in his tweet is classic😀 https://t.co/TPMTnSjpG5— Matt Johnson (@Matt Johnson)1543903293.0
Giuliani’s tweet with the bad link is STILL up btw 😂 https://t.co/Qyr3Lue0VY— Eric Haywood (@Eric Haywood)1543950304.0
Let's not forget Giuliani is a supposed cybersecurity expert.
Giuliani, cybersecurity adviser, accidentally creates a link. Someone makes a website at that link that calls Trump… https://t.co/X5UfZJWpY8— Drew (@Drew)1544000183.0
@HillReporter https://t.co/zxBxCnrRvt— John Carter (@John Carter)1543878141.0
Yep, Rudy Giuliani is an idiot... https://t.co/inD51bvxUX— Brian Krassenstein (@Brian Krassenstein)1543868489.0
At least he's good for a few laughs...
@HillReporter https://t.co/Eozr64WEQT— Johnny (@Johnny)1543879541.0
What must President Trump be thinking right now?
@HillReporter https://t.co/cuuRS0Gykn— K B (@K B)1543890270.0