The verified Twitter accounts of ABC News and “Good Morning America” were hacked on Thursday morning by alleged Trump supporters who referred to the president as “lord and savior.” ABC quickly regained control, deleted the fake tweets and issued a statement.
— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) March 23, 2017
Trump took to Twitter himself on Thursday morning to rip “totally biased and fake news” reports on ABC and NBC related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia interfering with the presidential election.
Trump’s tweet happened after the hack occurred, so his rhetoric does not appear to be the cause of the cyber attack.
Trump has waged a war on mainstream media, often referring to the industry as the “opposition party” and calling particular organizations “fake news.” CNN is typically the target of his Twitter attacks, but the president apparently decided to watch NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning.
The fake tweets said, “We are totally russian hackers” and referred to President Trump as “lord and savior.”
Another fake tweet claimed that rapper Tyler the Creator died in a bus accident.
ABC News declined further comment and directed TheWrap to its statement on Twitter.
Meanwhile, FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election. In addition, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is under fire for his ties to a Russian billionaire who allegedly wanted to advance Putin’s agenda.