Romney earns rants and raves for secret Twitter name

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error MORE’s (R-Utah) confirmation that he used an anonymous Twitter account has drawn praise, criticism and laughs.


Some Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE’s son Donald Trump Jr.Don John Trump'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic requests pardon from Trump: 'Be my hero please' Zaid Jilani discusses Trump's move to cancel racial sensitivity training at federal agencies Trump International Hotel in Vancouver closes permanently 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 LevinTrump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans 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 KerryThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Divided country, divided church TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month 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 TapperThe media's misleading use of COVID-19 data Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'We can't spend much time grieving' Ginsburg Pence aide dismisses concerns rushed vote on Trump nominee will hurt vulnerable senators 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.