When a deleted hashtag becomes a political statement
While many Twitter users will tell you that retweets don’t equal endorsements, the same does not appear to apply to a hashtag.
Britney Spears posted to social media about her meeting with Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas Thursday, as the Democratic frontrunner campaigns ahead of the Nevada caucuses.
“Such an inspiration and beautiful voice for women around the world!!!” Spears wrote in her post on the popular photo blogging app. “This woman had an intense presence and I felt very honored to meet her!!!”
The pop star reportedly used the Clinton’s official campaign hashtag #ImWithHer in the original caption for her Instagram post, but later edited the post and removed the hashtag, according to ABC News, leading many to consider it a withdrawn endorsement. It’s just as likely Spears, or whoever manages her social media platforms, considered the hashtag purely literal and was unaware of its political symbolism.
Clinton, facing a steep challenge from rival Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s Democratic caucus, also received an endorsement from celebrity favorite Kendall Jenner on social media Thursday. She too used the hashtag #ImWithHer.