"Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:48:42."


No I wonder... did someone hack this? Did he resign? What happened?

Update: several media outlets are blaming a "disgruntled staffer" for this.

It shows three different times (:48, :40, :39) depending on... Nothkng really, randomness? It changed for me twice in two minutes.

@fribbledom in a chat I'm in it's suspected to be transition-related, apparently Pence is also showing that way

@hypolite @fribbledom @bhtooefr Not sure I noticed that via snapshots of the page too.

BuzzFeed is confirming that its vandalism by a staffer though.

@bhtooefr @fribbledom
Is there a timezone on that? Everywhere in the US 19:48 is the future. Is it adapting to the browser's timezone or IP?


I have no idea, really. I assumed it would be UTC, but only because that's the only timezone that made sense (with that timestamp).


@fribbledom @cjd @bhtooefr

"Sources tell @BuzzFeedNews a "disgruntled staffer" is behind the State Department site's change of Trump and Pence's biographies. "

@fribbledom looks like the timestamp keeps growing so probably an error. Maybe some intern started writing the page and hit publish.


Checking the source of the page I noticed a wrong order of the tags.

<p><strong> Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:38:51.</p></strong>


Certainly odd!

If Trump is resigning, this indicates it is happening tonight and has not already happened. Also the time itself is weird, because a human would tend to use an hour or half-hour mark for something like this.


> A Disgruntled Employee Changed The State Department’s Website To Say That Trump’s Term Ends Today, Sources Say.

(Buzzfeed, so caveats. But it seems legit.)

@fribbledom Seems like an error, judging by the fluctuations in time, whether that’s hack-related I am unsure, possibly some tired underpaid programmer started writing the page just in case of a resignation (I doubt it) or ‘eviction’ and whacked it out to upload.

@fribbledom Must be a hack. Nothing on any american news about him resigning.

@joacim @fribbledom Trump can't announce his resignation without Twitter account...

@fribbledom i wouldn't be surprised if someone just started preparing content. There is the same content on Pence's page

@fribbledom they said on twitter that it was "published by a disgruntled employee"

@fribbledom (.... i'm not actually sure whether they said it on twitter or elsewhere or the exact phrasing they used, please don't quote me on that haha)


Domain is almost certainly real…

organisation: General Services Administration
organisation: Attn: QTDC, 2E08 (.gov Domain Registration)
address: 10304 Eaton Place
address: Fairfax Virginia 22030
address: United States


Time has changed. Now reads "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:22."

However, it didn't change further when I refreshed several times.

So weird.



Looking at the page source I find a meta tag in the <head> with yet a different time:

> <meta property="og:description" content="Donald J. Trump&#039;s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:20." />

The <body> contains a <div> with the class 'entry-content' and that contains this:

> <p><strong> Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:22.</p></strong>

@fribbledom does that mean it hasnt ended, if its 19:48:42 washington d.c. time or is it in utc :blobthinkingeyes:

@fribbledom I'm getting 19:39:22. It's possible the state dept. is trolling, as weird as that sounds

@g1comics @fribbledom

@Tritium @fribbledom I'm gonna feel awful if it goes full trumpofash 5 seconds before new white guy's inauguration or the old one's 25thing :/

@fribbledom I've been continuously surprised there haven't been more disgruntled staffers.

@fribbledom stupid and childish, no need for leaving graffiti on the ass of the hog halfway out the barn door

@fribbledom I think so too, the time is never the same.

"UPDATE: Sources tell @BuzzFeedNews a "disgruntled staffer" is behind the State Department site's change of Trump and Pence's biographies. More TK."


Looks hacked. It's unusual that the State Department's biography page even has the president's page to begin with, and does not show this page dated before today.

@fribbledom "We’re sorry, this site is currently experiencing technical difficulties.
Please try again in a few moments."

@fribbledom I guess it’s true that we have no record of his term after that.

@fribbledom To be fair, there is every evidence he has abandoned his post.

@fribbledom but my mom said that possibly Biden was executed and that now a deep fake of Biden is the pretend president while Trump still rules!

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