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Did recently fired FBI-agent Peter Strzok call President Trump a dictator, a Russian asset and an unhinged madman on Twitter? No, that's not true: the tweet in question was published by a parody account mimicking the recently created real Twitter account of Strzok.
The quote originated from a tweet published on August 13, 2018 from an account named "@notpeterstrzok" (archived here) which read:
"I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will soon deem not only a Russian asset but an unhinged madman threatening the sovereignty of the United States of America."
As long as it is still up, here is the tweet in question:
I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will soon deem not only a Russian asset but an unhinged madman threatening the sovereignty of the United States of America.-- Peter Strzok (@notpeterstrzok) August 13, 2018
That account's bio reads:
Proud American. Former FBI agent. Army veteran. Parody account - paying tribute to Peter Strzok.
So it didn't come from Strzok's real Twitter account. Fox News reported he set one up but it was named @petestrzok:
Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok sets up anti-Trump Twitter account, GoFundMe page seeking $150G
Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok took his anti-Trump rhetoric public on Monday, setting up a defiant Twitter account and a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $150,000 to cover his "legal costs and lost income."
On that Twitter account, Strzok only published this tweet so far:
Deeply saddened by this decision. It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI. https://t.co/iET9SbeTrv pic.twitter.com/7VTswzjoxE-- Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) August 13, 2018
Don't get taken in by fake accounts!
Note that the fake twitter account changed its username after being locked down by Twitter.— Jane Lytvynenko 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ (@JaneLytv) August 13, 2018
The real account you're looking for is @petestrzok pic.twitter.com/hWX1rfsLEF
2018-08-13T21:43:10Z 2018-08-13T21:43:10ZThe account now seems to have been renamed as @notpeterstrzok