CNN’s Anderson Cooper says his phone was hacked and that’s why he called President Donald Trump a "tool" and "pathetic loser".
Both CNN and Cooper himself say that Cooper’s Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday morning when he responded to President Trump’s tweet regarding the Alabama special election. Cooper’s post has already been deleted.
Following the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate seat race, Trump took to Twitter to say that he had known all along that Roy Moore was unelectable, and that was why he originally endorsed Luther Strange.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Roy Moore was a controversial figure for the Republican party, having been accused by nearly a dozen women of child molestation. Moore also has questionable views on Muslims and homosexuals and has gone on the record saying homosexual acts should be outlawed.
However, when it appeared that Moore was the most popular candidate among Alabama Republicans, Trump endorsed Moore and convinced the Republican National Committee to continue to fund his campaign. That decision seems to have cost Republicans the Alabama Senate seat, as Doug Jones became the first Democrat to hold Alabama’s seat since 1992.
CNN immediately responded to the tweet to say Cooper’s account had been hacked.
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
Cooper himself followed up with another tweet explaining that he had not posted that response to President Trump’s earlier tweet.
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
Twitter, however, remained skeptical of both responses.
Speaking with Refinery29, CNN provided an explanation. "Anderson was in Washington, and we have proof the tweet was sent from New York, from a phone belonging to his assistant," said CNN. "His assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning, and someone took the phone and sent the tweet."
Cooper’s assistant is apparently the only other person with access to Cooper’s Twitter account.