This Donald Trump tweet from 2012 was shared more than any other during the debate

The tweet called climate change a Chinese hoax.

Donald Trump listens to a question during the presidential debate Monday night.

During Monday night’s presidential debate, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of calling climate change “a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.”

Trump swiftly rebutted Clinton’s assertion.

“I did not,” he said. “I did not. I do not say that.”

But many fact checkers were quick to point out that Trump did, in fact, say just that in a tweet from 2012:

Washington Post fact checkers pointed out that Trump later referred to the tweet as a “joke,” though many other tweets exist on his timeline exist in which he does refer to Global Warming as a hoax, as well as a con, stupid, fictional, and mythical.


But the story took a strange turn when an image appeared on Twitter that carried the implication Trump’s campaign team had deleted the tweet during the debate.

The image that stirred controversy.

The image that stirred controversy.

The image quickly went viral as journalists, analysts, pundits, and comedians criticized and poked fun of what they perceived to be a colossal misrepresentation. The tweet, however, remains live.

As a result of the noise surrounding it, Trump’s initial tweet became the most retweeted content on Twitter throughout the course of the debate.


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