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Trump's New Head of Border Patrol Might Want to Delete This Tweet

US Custom and Border Protection’s new chief of Border Patrol, Ron Vietello (left) and a tweet he sent out in March of 2016 (right)
US Custom and Border Protection’s new chief of Border Patrol, Ron Vietello (left) and a tweet he sent out in March of 2016 (right)

This week President Trump named Ronald Vietello as the new head of the US Border Patrol. But Trump clearly doesn’t follow Vietello on Twitter. Because if he did, he probably wouldn’t be too happy about this tweet comparing Trump to Dennis the Menace.

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The tweet from March 4, 2016 contains a photo of Donald Trump and an illustration of Dennis the Menace. The tweet reads, “This I can tell you! 100%”

The image was doing the rounds on internet forums in January and February of 2016 under the headline “I wonder what happened to Dennis the Menace when he got older?” The implication being, of course, that an obnoxious cartoon child who doesn’t know any better would later grow up to be an obnoxious cartoon manbaby running for president who doesn’t know any better.

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Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)

Twitter user @erinscafe was the first to spot the strange tweet. And it should probably be noted that back in March of 2016 Trump was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination but was far from a shoo-in for the presidency. But even so, President Trump doesn’t take very kindly to ridicule. In fact, he’s pretty infamous for his Twitter fights, no matter how petty.

Vietello’s account is unverified, but it was started in November of 2013 and includes photos of Vitiello that do not appear elsewhere online.

What else can we learn from Vietello’s Twitter account? He would apparently love to be an intern for Glenn Beck.

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Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)

He shares views with the Koch brothers.

Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
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He’s a fan of the documentary Deli Man.

Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
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And he or someone he knows has a Virginia license plate with a gadsden flag that reads BP TOO. He captioned the photo “Another Bavarian Project.”

Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
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Gizmodo has reached out to US Customs and Border Protection for comment about the tweet comparing President Trump to Dennis the Menace and we’ll update this post when we hear back.

Update February 10, 2:15pm: We still haven’t heard back from CBP, but one tipster did notice this other tweet where Vitiello compares the Democrats to the Ku Klux Klan, so that’s nice.

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Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)
Screenshot of a tweet by Ronald Vietiello, the Trump regime’s new head of US Border Patrol (Twitter)

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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chanten
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“Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology.”

So..yeah, thanks for destroying my favorite technology blog with all this political ranting.

Enough already?