Scott Brown blames phone for unusual 'Bqhatevwr' tweet

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for the first time addressed questions over a series of hastily deleted early morning Twitter messages posted last month, denying he was intoxicated at the time.

"Anyone ever hear of pocket tweet, pocket dial? I mean it was pretty simple. I have an iPhone 5. If anyone has iPhone 5, the keys are small," Brown told the Boston Fox News affiliate. "It's very, very sensitive."


Brown said his oldest daughter was teaching him how to use the social media network when he slipped the phone in his pocket, resulting in some of the strange tweets.

"There are some areas that I didn't really didn't understand," Brown said. "It was after her concert, we were here right in the living room. I responded to a couple of people. Then I put it in my pocket. The next thing, I wake up and it trended worldwide."

In the exchanges, all within around a two-minute window, Brown responded to followers who had sent critical tweets with variations on the word "whatever" — including "whatever michael," "whatever bud" and, most repeated, "Bqhatevwr." He also sarcastically called a detractor "brilliant."

But Brown maintains he was not drunk and that he tweets were the result of an oversensitive phone screen.

"First of all, I rarely drink. The last time I was ever drunk was at my bachelor party and that was what, 28 years ago, 27 years ago," Brown said. "So I guess no one has ever pocket dialed or pocket tweeted before."