The Internet Freaks Out After State Department’s Official Website Says Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Ending On January 11th

The Internet had a brief freak out on Monday afternoon after people noticed some strange behavior from the State Department’s official website.

According to a biographies section of the State Department’s site, President Trump’s presidency was set to end at 7pm on January 11th.

People immediately questioned whether the State Department’s website had been hacked.

Update: Apparently an angry staffer was responsible for the message.

Via Buzzfeed News

A disgruntled employee at the State Department changed the biographies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to say their term was coming to an end on Monday — nine days before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in — two current-serving diplomats with knowledge of the situation told BuzzFeed News.

The president’s biography was changed to read, “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00,” while the vice president’s biography was edited to “Michael R. Pence’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:44:22.”

One of the diplomats said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered an internal investigation into the matter, beginning with interns and employees leaving the State Department this week and next ahead of the transition to the Biden administration.

The Internet had plenty of jokes regarding the snafu at the State Department.