The United Nations’ news agency was trying desperately on Thursday to explain why it published a tweet urging Americans abroad to defeat Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
At 9:14 p.m. ET, the UN News Centre tweeted a link to Avaaz, which has a page set up urging Americans who live abroad to defeat Trump.
“We can defeat Trump … if 8 million Americans abroad vote,” the site proclaims.
The web page is titled, “The October surprise that will end Trump.”
“At a time when Trump is trying to divide us, we could help defeat him if we all share this page with EVERYONE. Let’s reach every US voter abroad,” the site reads.
Politico reported that after about 20 minutes, the tweet was removed.
Ari Gaitanis, chief of the U.N. News Services Section, who oversees the Twitter account, said he did not knowhow the tweet was published.
“That tweet did not originate from the UN News Centre and this was the reason for it being taken down,” he said. “We’re looking into its provenance.”
Not everyone accepted the notion that the tweet was purely accidental.
“While the news chief may not have written the tweet himself, we think it safe to say the content clearly reflected how UN members truly feel about the U.S. presidential election. It’s not as if they need to hide their bias or inappropriate actions now,” wrote Tiffany Gabbay on TruthRevolt.