Donald Trump accidentally wished happy birthday to a guy who appears to be anti-Trump on Twitter
Trump was trying to make the gesture to country singer Lee Greenwood.
A birthday greeting from Donald Trump went awry this afternoon.
Using his favoured method of communication, Twitter, the US president was trying to wish happy birthday to American country music star Lee Greenwood.
“You and your beautiful song have made such a difference,” wrote Trump, in reference to Greenwood’s most famous song, God Bless The USA, which has been a staple of Trump rallies.
A friendly gesture perhaps, but there’s a problem – the account Trump tagged in the post is not musician Lee Greenwood.
The musician’s account is @TheLeeGreenwood, while @leegreenwood83 who Trump tagged is, according to their bio, a New Yorker lawyer – who has in the past retweeted content which suggests he isn’t a Trump fan.
Lawyer Greenwood’s feed includes retweets such as this gif aimed at a Trump tweet…
…and this comment on someone saying they overheard Trump’s favoured Lee Greenwood song.
As "the other" Lee Greenwood this...is not the tweet I was hoping for on a Saturday. Thank god I'm downtown!— Lee Greenwood (@leegreenwood83) October 8, 2016
So it turns out this confusion has happened before to the Twitter user, though he admitted “not at this level”.
I get this a fair amount, but certainly not at this level.— Lee Greenwood (@leegreenwood83) October 27, 2017
In the end, Trump deleted the tweet to tag the correct Lee Greenwood – which confirmed that old mantra…
if at first you don't succeed, tweet, tweet again. #logoff— Dirk Hoag (@Forechecker) October 27, 2017
“Tweet and tweet again” – it’s probably fair to say Trump doesn’t need any persuading there.