Orrin Hatch Would Like You To Know He's Still Alive
Scroll through Orrin Hatch's Twitter feed and you'll see fairly routine tweets from the Republican senator from Utah: support for President Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, and promotion of legislation Hatch backs.
But late Monday evening, Hatch's official Twitter account posted a tweet to Google, saying, "We might need to talk."
Hi.. @Google?— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
We might need to talk. pic.twitter.com/vdHbcccy7x
Turns out, any curious constituent Googling the senator on Tuesday morning would have found that one of the top Google search results said Hatch had been dead since Sept. 11, 2017.
That's when the fun began for Hatch's social media team members, who realized it wouldn't be enough to just point out the fatal (or not, pun intended) error.
Because what good is a claim that Hatch was alive without proof?
The evidence came pouring in, one tweet at a time.
Exhibit A: The senator reading a newspaper:
Here is Senator Hatch reading a newspaper earlier. pic.twitter.com/mRWyhfxece— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
Signing some bills:
Here is a video just last week of Senator Hatch signing bills. pic.twitter.com/A2DtZ1No3z— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
The account linked to full interviews that Hatch did recently — calling them "proof of life."
Here is Senator Hatch preparing for an interview just weeks ago. Alive and well.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
You can find those interviews (proof of life) here—> https://t.co/ZFiA5xDCeA pic.twitter.com/23QQVZ939A
And here is Senator Hatch prior to his meeting with Judge Kavanaugh just weeks ago. https://t.co/83nmqPzguP pic.twitter.com/htIVnJhjSx— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
The account tweeted videos calling the senator "very much alive."
A reminder that Josh and Thamy Holt’s triumphant return to the US of A was just a few months ago. Senator Hatch was very much alive then. pic.twitter.com/8EAK3nOgaT— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
While the tweets didn't come directly from Hatch himself — he signs his original tweets "ogh" — Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock says there is a "clever, nimble communications team that works hard to keep up with the senator's own trademark sense of humor and wit."
That included sharing a photo of the Hatch's birthday celebration in March, where bacon apparently played a significant role.
The Senator’s 84th birthday in March.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018
The theme was bacon. 🥓 pic.twitter.com/qYpBJNNdgx
The social media jabbing continued with a tweet saying that even in death, Hatch "remains one of the Senate's most prolific legislators," including advancing three bills since the Internet pronounced him dead.
Whitlock told NPR that "unconfirmed reports suggest that by 7:30a.m., Hatch had already completed an hour of CrossFit and an hour of miscellaneous sport. When Senator Hatch first heard of his passing he was quite alarmed. Having advanced 4 major bills last night he was surprised to hear that he may have been dead the whole time. After both the Senator and staff confirmed he was in fact alive and not a part of some kind of Sixth Sense phenomenon, he had a good laugh and may have run several miles to celebrate."
Whitlock says his boss felt it was a good opportunity to highlight some of the "great moments" of the last few months of being alive on social media.
While very much among the land of the living, Hatch, 84, is retiring at the end of this term.
Google responded to the tweets Tuesday morning, writing, "You are certainly alive and sporting a great sense of humor. We apologize for the error. We'll have it fixed shortly."
Hatch was very happy to hear it.
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Catching up on the news this morning, grateful to be alive. pic.twitter.com/YDrYQowQlN— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 24, 2018