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- The “wrong Theresa May” Donald Trump attacked in a tweet is demanding an apology.
- The US president intended to criticise the British Prime Minister, but tweeted at a 41-year-old woman who lives on the south coast of England instead.
- The screw-up came after the real Theresa May condemned Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right extremist.
On Wednesday night, Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack against British Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter – but there was a problem.
On his first attempt, he went after the wrong Theresa May.
Earlier in the day, the US president had retweeted three anti-Muslim hate videos shared on Twitter by a far-right extremist, to universal political outrage in Britain. Even Theresa May, who has previously been reluctant to criticise Trump, rebuked him. “It is wrong for the president to have done this,” her spokesperson said.
Donald Trump fired back, attempting to target Theresa May with a tweet: “Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
But @theresamay isn’t Theresa May’s Twitter handle – @Theresa_May is.
@theresamay is owned by a 41-year-old woman who lives in Bognor, on the south coast of England, called Theresa Scrivener – who suddenly found herself at the centre of an international media hurricane.
Scrivener, who has just seven Twitter followers, was asleep when the tweet was sent, she told the Press Association – waking up to countless of messages bombarding her phone at 4 a.m. “I was in bed by half 10 last night and oblivious to it all. I’m just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology,” she said.
“It’s amazing to think that the world’s most powerful man managed to press the wrong button … I’m just glad he was not contacting me to say he was going to war with North Korea.”
And the “wrong Theresa May” now has a message for the American president: “He needs to think before he tweets … We – Theresa May and I – are so different. Our profiles are completely different. She runs the country, I’m a mum from Bognor.”