Did top government consultant Robert Musumeci really hero-worship the Prime Minister as a great emperor and say the economy is doing so well that people can even afford drugs?
It would certainly appear so, based on Twitter posts that have done the rounds on social media feeds this morning.
The Nationalist Party’s youth wing MŻPN shared these screenshots of comments posted under a tweet by the real Musumeci, in which he bombastically derided critics of the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri “enemies of of the state”.
“Here’s OPM advisor Robert Musumeci- the man who was recently asked to deliver a lecture at University on the fundamental principles of rule of law – calling Muscat the great emperor, our shining light, and labeling all his critics enemies of the state,” it said.
This status was shared by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi and journalist-blogger Manuel Delia also appeared to fall for it.
“It is clear to me that what bubbles on the surface of your sleep-talking and the hints you give from your lunatic rants as you bash yourself against the padded walls of the cell that lines the mushy slush that passes for that brain of yours, tell us all that as far as you’re concerned the ‘Emperor’ is the ‘state’ Joseph is Malta and Malta is Joseph,” he wrote.
However, looks can be deceiving, and a closer analysis of this Twitter profile would reveal that its handle includes a small ‘l’ instead of the capital ‘I’ in Musumeci’s real profile. A small but crucial detail.
The government’s law and planning consultant wasn’t amused in the slightest, using the existence of the fake profile to make a political argument against the pre-2013 Nationalist government.
“How couth! The HTT [Holier Than Thou] created a FAKE “Robert Musumeci” account so that they can build on their narrative,” he said. “Of course, they make sure it is unavailable to me. These are the ones who were ruling the country until the movement was born.”
One thing’s for sure; from now on people are going to have to squint at their screens whenever they see a Musumeci tweet.