On Wednesday, the X account of Donald Trump Jr., the son of former US President Donald Trump, was hacked. One of the posts published contained misleading information that his father had died. This sparked a wave of online searches and speculation, even though the former president is actually still alive and posted on his own platform, Truth Social, after the hack.
The message from Trump Jr.’s account claiming that his father had died and that he would run for president in 2024 was patently false. This was confirmed by both Andrew Surabian, a spokesman for Trump Jr., and Raheem Kasam of The National Pulse. As Newsweek reported, the news outlet attempted to reach both a representative for Donald Trump and Trump Jr. himself through the Trump Organization for comment.
Further posts have been removed
In addition to the misleading death announcement, other bizarre posts were also published on Trump Jr.’s account during the hack. This included a message saying that X owner Elon Musk “belongs” to Donald Trump, as well as an obscene remark about current President Joe Biden. In addition, “interesting news” about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was highlighted. All of these posts have since been removed from the X platform, and Newsweek has reached out to X for comment on the incident.
Reactions to the hack were mixed. While many MAGA supporters were outraged, Eric Trump, another son of the former president, joked about the situation. He joked about his brother’s possible password and remarked on how entertaining the hacked messages were.
Trump Jr.: 10.4 million followers
Donald Trump Jr., who has more than 10.4 million followers on X, serves as executive vice president of the Trump Organization and hosts a podcast on Rumble. His father, the former president, was banned from the then-platform Twitter for two years and only recently returned thanks to Elon Musk. Since then, however, he has primarily posted on his own platform, Truth Social, as reported by Newsweek.