Arizona congressman’s Twitter account sends strange coded message

Nov 13, 2019, 6:00 PM | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 2:43 pm
Rep. Paul Gosar (AP photo)...
Rep. Paul Gosar (AP photo)
(AP photo)

PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona found a creative, and some might say bizarre, way to express himself during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings.

Over an eight-hour period, the Prescott Republican’s official Twitter account executed the delivery of a coded message about Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

The message wasn’t clear until the last of 23 tweets sent between 5:21 a.m. and 1:09 p.m. Arizona time.

Each of the tweets was about the hearings on impeaching President Donald Trump, making it seem as if Gosar was simply showing his opposition to the inquiry and support for the president.

However, in reverse chronological order, with the last post actually starting the message, the first letter of each tweet spelled out the phrase “Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

A New York medical examiner ruled Epstein’s jailhouse death while he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges a suicide.

But conspiracy theories have persisted, fueled by Epstein’s links to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.

Gosar told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona Morning News on Friday that while he was having fun with a popular meme, he does have real questions about the evidence connected to Epstein’s death.

“As an office we decided, OK, let’s put together 23 tweets and let’s write them in a way that this cryptic message comes out,” he said. “And then we tantalized people by putting out another one saying Area 51.”

About three hours after the Epstein sentence was completed, another conspiracy-related message appeared in a single tweet that spelled out Area 51 with the first character of each line.

Gosar called the stunt a success and said his staff was laughing throughout.

“It drew whole other group of people that probably weren’t even following in the impeachment hearings into the fold,” he said.

“It worked. We had fun doing it. We reached an awful lot of people.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona congressman’s Twitter account sends strange coded message