Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is one of a slew of Donald Trump allies who had his Twitter account hacked by an entity claiming to be Turkish hackers.
The same hackers accessed Twitter accounts belonging to frequent Fox News guests and contributors, Mediaite reported.
On Saturday, they took over the Twitter account of Dore Gold, a former aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Times of Israel reported.
“Jerusalem can not be the capital of Israel! Because Jerusalem is holy to Muslims and is the land of Palestine,” the group wrote in a separate tweet, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The hackers also said “the Turkish – Islamic Union will soon be established,” but it was not clear what that meant.
Clarke’s account appears to be back to normal now, but earlier this afternoon, his page still reflected the statements posted by the hackers, including his pinned tweet, which read, “Your account is hacked by the Turkish cyber army AYYILDIZ TIM! Your DM correspondence has been captured and interesting information has been reached! Turks are everywhere!”
Before the above image got taken down, Twitter users managed to respond quickly with humor and conspiracy theories.The tweet was deleted two hours after it appeared:
“We hacked the sheriff but we did not hack the deputy,” tweeted MikefromBurkeVA.
“These are twitter employees not Turkish hackers. Mark my words it will all@come out,” tweeted Stacie @bluesbuster.
Last week, hackers claiming to belong to the same group targeted former Fox News hosts Eric Bolling, Greta Van Susteren and Brit Hume, The Hill reported.
Clarke was temporarily blocked from Twitter after users complained that three of his tweets called for violence against the media.
In one of the tweets, which was later deleted, Clarke said, “When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up MAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is to go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA”S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood #neverbackdown.”
Clarke resigned from his post as sheriff to support Trump’s election campaign. He spoke at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, and often appears on Fox News. He was reportedly offered a job in 2017 in the Department of Homeland Security, but ended up not taking it.
Clarke faces a federal trial over allegations he used the official Sheriff’s Facebook page to retaliate against an individual who had filed a complaint against him, according to The Hill.
The Turkish Cyber Army hacking crew has been hacking numerous websites and Twitter accounts, appearing to target conservative U.S. political figures and reporters, Bleeping Computer reported.
The hackers used hacked accounts in the past to send direct messages to other Twitter users, including Trump, the report said.