In case it isn't obvious by now, President Donald Trump rarely thinks before he tweets.
One Twitter user learned that the hard way after the President accidentally tagged him in an angry tweet for all of Trump's nearly 64 million followers to see.
Jonathan Karl (@JonKarl) is an ABC News reporter who questioned an assertion by Trump that Hurricane Dorian would most likely hit as far west as Alabama. No models indicated this and no one knew where Trump got the idea.
Trump sounded off on Twitter after Karl pointed this out, but in his initial tweet, he tagged Jonathan Carl (@JonathanCarl), a Kentucky pastor of South Fork Baptist Church.
Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonkarl of @ABCWorldNews. I suggested yesterday at FEMA that… https://t.co/GK9ELdyK52— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567466212.0
Trump deleted the tweet before reposting with the correct account, but the damage was done.
Carl got the surprise of his life, before praying for protection for those *actually* in Dorian's path.
When the President of the USA accidentally tags you in a tweet...you get a lot of interesting correspondence lol!!… https://t.co/yEuM0gdqp6— Jonathan Carl (@Jonathan Carl)1567477707.0
Carl told the Courier Journal of the incident:
"I'm not on Twitter too often, so somebody on Facebook gave me a heads up. I just had a laugh. … I'm a victim of a drive-by tweet."
Other Twitter users felt sorry for the sudden onslaught and, in a rare moment for the internet, everyone responded with gracious replies.
@jonathancarl Sorry for your drive by Twitter shot. Thanks for your positivity, accuracy and compassion in response… https://t.co/v0sgiALCp1— MaryKnapp (@MaryKnapp)1567554290.0
@jonathancarl your tweets are better than his. Looking forward to seeing more compassionate shares.— REDABI (@REDABI)1567528120.0
@jonathancarl Thanks so much for your kind tweet. I must say that I’m not a fan of him and unfortunately show my di… https://t.co/iLJnB8bOiq— Lynn Birchfield (@Lynn Birchfield)1567612317.0
@jonathancarl Your handling of it was good natured and full of class! All the best to you, your family, & your congregation.— 5pmEverywhere™ (@5pmEverywhere™)1567550559.0
@jonathancarl Your response was more “presidential” than the @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. Thanks for keeping the focus… https://t.co/86pP95BO3r— L I B B Y🇺🇸B R E M E R (@L I B B Y🇺🇸B R E M E R)1567572266.0
@jonathancarl I can tell you're a humble man with a big heart. I wish the best for you and your family, and your church.— Micah Lawrence (@Micah Lawrence)1567561123.0
Carl didn't assert a political opinion regarding the matter, but he did defend the President and his critics, against banal rhetoric.
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