Donald Trump got tricked into retweeting a photo of notorious serial killers

Famed business mogul and Oompa Loompa look-alike Donald Trump is the laughing stock of Twitter once again. On Monday morning, he was tricked into retweeting a photo of the infamous British serial killers Fred and Rosemary West, known for torturing, raping, and murdering numerous young girls.

It began with a tweet from self-described “failed comedian” Philip Bradbury to Trump, asking a seemingly innocuous favor.

Trump, always happy to have his ego stroked by his 3 million–strong Twitter fanbase, eagerly complied. 

Unbeknown to Trump, the pair in Bradbury’s tweet are not his parents by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, the Wests were responsible for the abuse of at least 10 young women throughout the late 20th century, before they were finally caught in 1994. Fred committed suicide while awaiting trial; Rosemary was convicted and sentenced to a whole life sentence, which she is currently serving in HMP Low Newton, England.

After catching wind of what happened, the Twittersphere has begun lampooning Trump en masse, sending copycat tweets—of varying believability.

As of 8:30am ET, Trump’s tweet was down. 

Update 11am ET, Sept. 29: Nursing his injured pride, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to rail against the “jerk” who “fraudulently” misled him. Trump says: “Maybe I’ll sue.” Good luck with that!


 

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

Rob Price

Rob Price

Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.