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    Hey Trump! You Can Delete All the Tweets You Want, But We’ll #NeverForget

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    Donald Trump on Friday deleted a 2-year-old tweet in which the Republican presidential candidate commemorated the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by offering "best wishes to all, even the haters and losers."

    "I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th," Trump tweeted on September 11, 2013, a day generally reserved for solemnly remembering the nearly 3,000 people killed in the tragic terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and rural Pennsylvania in 2001.

    The account's manual retweet of the message – also sent on September 11, 2013 – remained live Friday morning.

    "The tweet is from several years ago," Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Politico.

    This year, Trump took the nastiness out of his message, tweeting Friday morning: "Let's all take a moment to remember all of the heroes from a very tragic day that we cannot let happen again!"

    As Ashley Feinberg of Gawker pointed out, Trump has a history of extending well wishes to "haters and losers" on American days of note, including:

    Veteran's Day

    Thanksgiving

    Father's Day

    Independence Day

    New Year's Day

    Easter

    According to Yael Garuer at Forbes: "Trump's attempt to erase words that could lose him votes is a reminder Twitter now makes the deleted tweets of would-be and current leaders much harder to find."

    The Politwoops websites, which archive tweets of politicians in more than 30 countries, had their access to Twitter's API revoked on August 21.

    "Trump's tweet shows us why we need a service like Politwoops, not just in the US but in the 32 countries around the world," Deji Olukotun, of Access, an international human rights group dedicated to an open and free Internet, said in an email to Forbes.

    "Politicians make decisions for all of us every day. We can't depend on how they spin them later."

    Fortunately, Trump only moonlights as a politician – for now, at least. Just imagine the tweets coming from the Oval Office with Trump behind the Resolute desk.

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