Donald Trump’s sister never supported him as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. He actually was tricked by a fake account who he thought was his sister.
It be ya own family, well, at least a fake account posing as your family member. On Friday, Trump shared an article on Twitter that said his sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, spoke out in support of her brother’s claims that he was robbed of the 2020 election. “Thank you Elizabeth,” Trump wrote. “LOVE!”
The gag is: Trump Grau didn’t mention what the article was about, according to the New York Times. The article ended up being a fake one posing as Trump’s sister posted on the platform. The outlet reports that the article, which was on the website of the conservative radio host, Wayne Dupree, was quoted from a Twitter account named “Betty Trump” that had a picture of Trump Grau as its profile picture. The real Trump Grau has remained out of the spotlight for some time.
Thank you Elizabeth, LOVE! https://t.co/iopJ0AJ1KV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2020
“This election inspired me to break my silence and speak out on behalf of my family. My brother Don won this election and will fight this to the very end. We’ve always been a family of fighters,” read the account’s post, which hit the platform on Wednesday.
After word got around online that the fake account duped Trump, the Twitter user began getting a lot of attention. Soon after, Dupree went back and added a disclaimer that the Trump Grau account might be fake. “While this has not been officially ‘fact-checked’ by social media executives and professionals, we’re hearing from many others that this is not actually the account of Ms. Elizabeth Trump,” the site said. “We’ll leave it up with this update, and wait for official fact-checkers to weigh in.”
Hours later, the fake account came forward, saying that it was a parody account. “I would’ve clarified sooner that I was a parody, but I certainly didn’t anticipate President Trump himself taking notice of the account,” the person running the account posted on Twitter. “Hope y’all will forgive me — feel bad for creating any confusion. LOVE!” In an email, Dupree said the article’s author rewrote a post she found on another conservative website. “When I found out, I was confused and I immediately went to the author and they went back to the website they claimed it was from but they didn’t see it so we came up with the statement,” Dupree said. “I don’t want people, readers to think we are fake news.”
By the end of it all, a Twitter spokesperson came out and said the account was “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam.”