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It’s been a year and a half since we launched Dirty Delete, a column dedicated to the dastardly online deeds of powerful political figures.
It has been a long, strange trip, much of it via the Wayback Machine and advanced Twitter search. (Still not calling it X, Elon.)
Alas, the time has come to pass the baton. Next week will be my last column.
So let’s take a look at the best, worst, and weirdest moments in Dirty Delete history.
They do have a knack for getting attention. Each could teach a master class in attracting eyeballs to their feeds.
Boebert gathered followers with a one-sided feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Bannon seems to post whatever flies into his head. He’s like an unkempt Alex Jones, who parlayed the internet into fame and fortune … and a $1 billion judgment against him.
Gaetz, well, he should probably stay away from Venmo (and underage girls).
Before she was in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) made her internet name by harassing school shooting survivors
In the way back of 2015, Lake was “enthralled” with former President Barack Obama and unironically tweeting #BlackLivesMatter. Unearthing that tweet was more surprising than her openly palling around with Ron Watkins.
Many of the conspiracy theorists, election fraud liars, and Capitol rioters I’ve written about in this column had their hopes dashed at the ballot box. Some have been convicted of crimes. One has 91 charges pending.
Others have failed so spectacularly they became the internet’s main character of the day.
Occasionally I’ve happened upon someone who deleted posts en masse.
Why it matters
A person’s social media history is a reflection of who they are and what they value—assuming they’re being honest. But even a lie—or a dirty delete—can be revealing.