NYC authorities Twitter account’s random assault on Cleveland backfires spectacularly

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA – June 19, 2018: Famous landmark from Cleveland Script overlooking the downtown skyline and Lake Erie Ohio USA (Getty Images)

A strangely aggressive tweet sent by the official New York City Twitter account that swiped open Cleveland, Ohio backfired when social media users – including New Yorkers – pointed out that it was a bit terrifying.

On July 2, New York City’s Twitter account posted a photo of the New York City Skyline under thick cloud cover next to the caption: “A gloomy day in New York City is still better than a sunny day in Cleveland”.

While it’s entirely possible that the social media intern running the account simply assumed that the Ohioans hadn’t reached the technological advancement to run Twitter and therefore wouldn’t see the post, but it excited no less the attention – and the anger – of Buckeyes on the platform.

“We in Cleveland have to disagree,” tweeted Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Nina Turner, a progressive congressional candidate in Ohio’s 11th District, which also includes Cleveland, posted a similar tweet that sparked the “Beg to Different” line.

Slate writer Jordan Weissman pointed out that if New York is looking to troll other cities, there are better options than Cleveland.

“Chasing a battered midsize town like this one when Boston is right there and ready to be trolled is confusing,” he wrote.

Most of the people defending Cleveland responded by posting photos of bright, sunny days in the city of Ohio or by suggesting they could buy an entire house with a front and back yard for what most New Yorkers would buy a one-room apartment pay.

Other posters – including New Yorkers embarrassed by the tweet – took turns berating the post and pointing out New York’s less desirable traits.

Matt Whitlock, a Republican Party agent, stepped in, apparently less to defend Cleveland and more to attack New York.

“Your mayor kills marmots, your governor kills seniors and your town smells like fish and burned garbage,” he wrote.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland even got involved, posting an eye roll emoji in response to the tweet.

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While it’s not clear what specifically prompted the response, the city’s tweet may not be entirely unprovoked.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced back in February that the state would spend $ 50 million on a marketing campaign on the east and west coasts to convince coastal townspeople to pull their roots and settle in Ohio .

These ads often include one-liners in an attempt to showcase why Ohio is better than where the ad is placed.

“Your buildings are taller, our taxes are smaller,” it says on one of the billboards in New York City.

It’s possible the New York City tweet was in response to Ohio’s ongoing advertising campaign.

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