Romney earns rants and raves for secret Twitter name

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOrange County declaring local health emergency in response to coronavirus Why Bernie Sanders won the debate Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE’s (R-Utah) confirmation that he used an anonymous Twitter account has drawn praise, criticism and laughs.

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Some Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE, jabbed Romney for anonymously critiquing the media under the Twitter pseudonym Pierre Delecto, which the Utah senator acknowledged owning on Sunday.

The anonymous account apparently tweeted in Romney's defense at journalists and detractors.

“They’re using him and he doesn’t even get it. Sad!” Trump Jr. tweeted.  

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) described the senator’s previously unknown Twitter account as “sad” too.

“Hiding behind a pseudonym is what kids, cowards, couch potatoes, or perverts like 'Carlos Danger' do,” Huckabee tweeted, referring to the pseudonym former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) used to send explicit photos.

Radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinScalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' Loeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter MORE asked if Romney was 14 years old.

Others, though, had more positive reactions to Romney’s revelation, including former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents John Kerry: Democratic debate 'was something of a food fight' MORE, who responded in French that he approved.

Jonah Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, took pride in the fact that Pierre Delecto follows him on Twitter.

Jon Favreau, a speechwriter for former President Obama, jumped in and said, “It gives me no pleasure to report that I will be laughing at Trump’s first Pierre Delecto tweet.”

CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperAcosta to Trump: CNN's 'record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes' Murphy: No concerns with Sanders on gun policy Dean says he's not worried Sanders would harm down-ballot Democratic candidates MORE brought past pseudonyms of President Trump and Weiner into the conversation with the beginning of a bar joke.

Slate’s Ashley Feinberg discovered the account after the senator mentioned in a Sunday profile in The Atlantic that he used a private Twitter account to keep tabs on politics in the social media sphere.