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Twitter account of governor’s chief of staff hacked, sends tirade of racist messages

By: - March 11, 2021 9:46 am

The Twitter account of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s chief of staff was apparently hacked Thursday morning unleashing a tirade of racist tweets.

The Twitter account of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s chief of staff was hacked Thursday morning, and unleashed a tirade of racist, antisemitic and pornographic messages, including some directed at the governor.

The account @chrischmitter had not tweeted since October 2020, but starting at 8:23 am CT on Thursday, the account let loose more than a dozen profane tweets to its nearly 900 followers, including repeated uses of the N-word and changing the account’s name to Chris “N****r Slapper” Schmitter.

“Me and @GovTimWalz Just Killed Lots Of Black People,” read one tweet.

“#KKKGotTheJobDone,” read another tweet.

Walz’s office released a statement: “The obscenities posted by these hackers were deeply offensive and an affront to the work being done” by the the governor’s office.

Walz’s office worked with Twitter to temporarily suspend the account.

“We are working with Twitter and the (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) here in Minnesota to investigate the hack,” the statement said.

About an hour after the first tweet, the account was suspended, as the photo of a smiling Chris Schmitter was changed to a white background, the tweets were all censored and the account’s bio read “@chrisschmitter‘s account is temporarily unavailable because it violates the Twitter Media Policy.”

But before that happened, the account directed a pornographic video to Walz’s account depicting an individual masturbating on what appears to be an empty train.

The account also sent anti-Semitic replies to tweets from prominent accounts belonging to former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Washington Post journalist Dave Weigel. The tweets called each account a “(expletive) jew” and told them to shut up.

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Daniel Newhauser
Daniel Newhauser

Daniel Newhauser is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Roll Call, VICE, National Journal and several other publications.