In-depth: The best #WrongScottWalker ever

I was sitting at my desk Wednesday night getting ready for the 10 p.m. newscast and watching the Republican convention. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was speaking. I expected a few misdirected, angry tweets. I’ve gotten used to the mistaken identity over the years. Like clockwork, they came.

But then, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump dropped the mother of all #WrongScottWalker tweets, which has since been deleted.


Trump (or more likely one of his staff) obviously meant to tweet to @scottwalker and landed on @scottwalker6 instead.

The rest of the night was pretty funny. My co-anchor, Adrianna Hopkins, and I crafted a response and had fun with the tweets all night. My mentions didn’t stop piling up until early this morning.

Numerous articles from the likes of The Hill, Politico, CNN, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Times-Picayune, Mashable, TIME also found humor in the misdirected tweet. WDSU did, too.

All in all, not a big deal. Trump or someone else tagged the wrong person on twitter. Happens all the time. Except this time it happened on a national stage with a person whose twitter handle inspired the #WrongScottWalker hashtag. This has become part of my online life. It has gone on for years. I thought it hit a crescendo in 2011 when I interviewed Gov. Scott Walker at Lambeau Field before a Saints/Packers game. He was facing a recall election then.

Then he ran for president.

Here’s a look at some of the other write-ups involving confusion between the Wisconsin governor and me.

| What’s it like to be a news anchor named… Scott Walker

WDSU anchor Scott Walker gives up and just starts being Wisconsin governor on Twitter

WDSU’s Scott Walker Will Be Anchoring the News, Not Facing a Recall Election, Tomorrow

Scott Walker (The Other One) Sets Wisconsin Straight

This is what we did Wednesday night at 10, after the convention wrapped up:

Now that Gov. Scott Walker’s moment has passed, maybe things will quiet down.

Or not.

2020 isn’t that far away either.

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