For a short time Tuesday night, John Delaney’s Wikipedia page said the former Maryland congressman died at the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Detroit.
Cause of death?
The false edit, spotted on Twitter by The Young Turks reporter Ken Klippenstein, came after the two presidential hopefuls sparred about the practicality of the progressive policies Democrats like Warren have advocated for on the national stage.
“Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not on impossible promises — when we run on things that are workable, not fairytale economics, ” Delaney said.
Lawmakers should focus on encouraging relationships between the government and private and nonprofit sectors to “focus on those kitchen table, pocket book issues” like creating jobs, improving pay, and building new infrastructure, Delaney said.
Warren was quick to respond.
“You know, I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” the Massachusetts senator said to applause.
Sen. Warren: "I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for…I'm ready to get in this fight. I'm ready to win this fight." https://t.co/lrVE7B6VCO #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/n8kwp3VjpA
— CNN (@CNN) July 31, 2019
The exchange ricocheted around social media. Before long, Delaney’s Wikipedia page was vandalized.
Someone edited John Delaney's wiki lmao pic.twitter.com/Q88cCo78On
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) July 31, 2019
The edit was quickly removed, and Delaney’s page is now protected from changes.