Those who pay close attention to Anderson Cooper on Twitter may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary: Cooper’s account replying to a Donald Trump tweet in a, um, not-so-professional way. That tweet has now been deleted, and both Cooper and CNN are saying the account was hacked.
After Roy Moore lost the Alabama special election, Trump tweeted about it, noting he had originally endorsed a different candidate than Moore (though he definitely endorsed Moore).
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!” Trump wrote.
Cooper’s account replied to that tweet with, “Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser.”
This morning, Cooper’s tweet was quickly deleted, and he tweeted again, saying the rude reply was the result of a hacker.
just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account. i have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 13, 2017
“Just woke up to find out someone gained access to my Twitter account. I have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened,” Cooper wrote.
CNN, the network that employs Cooper, tweeted the same explanation.
This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS. We're working with Twitter to secure the account.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 13, 2017
“This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS,” read a tweet from CNN Communications. “We’re working with Twitter to secure the account.”
Since Cooper tweeted from the account himself, clearly whoever hacked him didn’t shut him out of the account. Whether the hacker still has access to Cooper’s Twitter remains to be seen.