Donald Trump became the laughing stock of Twitter Monday after accidentally re-tweeting that he was a “big inspiration” to a husband-and-wife team of serial killers.
That morning, twitter user Phil Bradbury tweeted at Trump, writing, “My parents who passed away always said you were big inspiration. Can you pls RT for their memory?”,The Guardian reports.
The tweet included a photo of Fred and Rose West, notorious British serial killersresponsible for torturing, raping and killing multiple young women.
Apparently Trump wasn’t familiar with their faces, because he retweeted Bradbury, much to the public’s joy. “They seem like lovely, kind caring parents, don’t you think Donald?” tweeted comedian Dom Joly.
@NeonWhisky posited the question, “Did someone saying you were an inspiration not make you a little bit suspicious?”
Others saw it as an honest mistake, and thought Trump was simply being kind by retweeting. “Even though @realDonaldTrump is getting so much flack I think it’s really sweet he bothered to retweet at all,” wrote @Kezsez13.
The 68-year-old tycoon and reality star deleted his retweet and publicly responded to the prank by calling Bradbury a “jerk” and threatening to sue:
In a follow-up tweet, Trump stated, “I thought I was being nice to somebody re their parents. I guess this teaches you not to be nice or trusting. Sad!”