At one point in last night’s first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, Trump denied allegations that he had once claimed that global warming was a concept invented by the Chinese in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. Predictably, this was one of many lies that Trump would tell over the course of the 90-minute debate, but things became even more heated when Twitter user Juan Vidal started claiming that Donald Trump’s tweets were being deleted in real time, including one from 2012 in which he explicitly states that global warming was invented by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Vidal, who claims to be a writer and book critic for NPR, published out an image of the above tweet with a message overlay saying the tweet had been deleted, with the image racking up at least 35,000 retweets at one point. As it turns out, Trump wasn’t the only one lying through his teeth last night.
Other Twitter users quickly pointed out that clicking on a deleted tweet takes you to a standard page with a message that says, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist.” It’s not clear at this point if Vidal doctored his original tweet, but it has since been deleted and his Twitter account no longer accepts direct messages.
On the bright side, proof of Trump’s boldfaced lie is still available on the internet for all to see.