Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn quickly deleted a tweet on Friday with a photo of Harvey Weinstein and Hillary Clinton posted the morning the disgraced mogul was arrested on three felony counts of rape and criminal sex act.
His son, Michael Flynn Jr., said his father’s Twitter account “was hacked this morning” and that the family was “currently addressing the issue.
The younger Flynn added that his father had been attending a veterans event and that “he doesn’t have time to worry (let alone tweet about) those 3 criminals.. Weinstein, Huma, and Hillary” — including a dig at Huma Abedin, a former Clinton aide who was tied up in the former secretary of state’s issues over her email server.
The tweet came after Gen. Flynn appeared to emerge from a six-month Twitter hiatus, tweeting a photo of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein sitting at a table with Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin.
The photo was deleted by Flynn (or someone) just minutes after being posted.
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The claim of hacking is immediately suspicious given how on-brand the post would have been for Flynn, a longtime Trump partisan, who was ferociously critical of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
Though he has avoided posting since releasing a December, 2017 statement explaining his decision to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and plead guilty to charges of lying t the FBI, Flynn has been something of a creeper on the platform.
The general has “liked” several posts since the December statement, most recently this photo of Donald Trump posing with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in the Oval Office. There is so far no suggestion that any of these “likes” were the result of hacking.
Reps for Twitter did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
While Twitter has been plagued with a hacking epidemic in recent months which has ensnared many high profile accounts on the platform, there has been an equally virulent epidemic of stars using the excuse in an attempt to brush away past poor judgment.
Last month, MSNBC anchor Joy Reid asserted that various disparaging remarks on her old blog about LGBT people and Rosie O’Donnell were the result of a hack. Experts — including some hired by Reid — were never able to produce any evidence of a hack and she was forced to (sort of) walk back the claims on her show.
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