Trump deletes diss tweet calling 9/11 a 'special day'

Several media outlets noticed this morning that a tweet from September 11, 2013 had been deleted from Trump's feed.

Donald Trump reportedly deleted a two-year-old tweet extending his "best wishes" to "haters and losers" on September 11. This is a rare move for the Republican presidential hopeful, who has been blazing a campaign trail seemingly completely unapologetic for any of his comments – no matter how generalizing or demeaning.

Several media outlets noticed this morning that the tweet had disappeared from Trump’s Twitter feed. Screenshots were still available, of course, so anyone who still wanted to could see that Trump used an opportunity to remember the men and women who died on September 11, 2001 by scoffing at who he deems insufficient.

While Trump apparently deleted the tweet, he did not erase all traces of it. Politico reported that Trump’s manual retweet of the message -- also posted on September 11, 2013 -- remained live on Friday morning.

When asked for an explanation, Trump’s spokesperson Hope Hicks told Politico that "the tweet is from several years ago."

Around noon on Friday, Trump tweeted a new message in remembrance of the tragedy. However, this was only posted after he touted his evening appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and called GOP candidate Bobby Jindal a "lightweight" on the social network.

Another example of old tweets coming back to haunt celebrities occurred in March, when The Daily Show host-elect Trevor Noah was accused of anti-semitism, after a number of jokes he made on Twitter between 2011 and 2012 resurfaced.

Meanwhile, several other presidential candidates took to Twitter on Friday to remember the heroes and victims on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks (and maybe include a politically-minded pitch). Hillary Clinton had not yet tweeted by press time.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order to lower the flags in New Jersey and mark Friday as "Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance," The Wall Street Journal reported.

Here is what other presidential candidates had to say on the anniversary of September 11:


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