An apparent tweet by Donald Trump went viral on Twitter, in which he appears to confuse the late football player Maradona with Madonna.
Yesterday, football legend Maradona passed away due to a heart attack following ongoing health issues. Social media rushed to tweet their sadness at his passing.
In a viral tweet, Donald Trump seemed to show his respect to Maradona but accidentally confused him with popstar Madonna.
“Very sad to hear about the death of Madonna. A great person. Her music was wonderful. I remember listening to her albums in the early 1980s. Rest In Peace!” reads the alleged tweet.
Is Donald Trump’s Maradona tweet real?
No, this alleged tweet is in fact fake. Although the tone of voice throughout is near spot-on for Donald Trump’s other tweets, he didn’t mistake Maradona for Madonna.
Politwoops is a site from ProPublica which archives deleted tweets from politicians. There is no evidence of any Maradona tweet from Trump on Politwoops, meaning it never existed.
That of course hasn’t stopped many users from being fooled by the edited tweet. It’s unclear who made the fake tweet, though.
Would Trump tweet about Madonna either?
If that isn’t evidence enough that the Maradona tweet is not real, Donald Trump and Madonna’s alleged history should solve the mystery.
According to Mary Trump, the President’s niece, he isn’t such a fan of Madonna. In her book Too Much and Never Enough she claimed that when she was asked to ghostwrite Trump’s The Art of the Comeback book, she received pages of writing that she describes as:
“An aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest and fattest slobs he’d ever met.”
Among those was allegedly Madonna, who apparently “[chewed] gum in a way Donald found unattractive”.