Former Rep. Katie Hill claimed her congressional Twitter account was hacked after it began tweeting about how the Democrat is not a “hero” for women.
The social media mystery began early Wednesday morning after it was announced that actress Elizabeth Moss would be depicting Hill in a film about her sexual misconduct scandal and eventual resignation from Congress. In a series of 10 tweets from Hill’s congressional account, someone or some people claiming to be “Katie’s former staff” said they were “disappointed” in the filmmaker’s decision to feature their boss in a film based on Hill’s memoir She Will Rise.
“What happened to Katie Hill shouldn’t happen to anyone. But, this moment requires more nuance, as Katie Hill’s story — our story — is also one of workplace abuse and harassment,” the tweets said. “Katie Hill can be both a victim and perpetrator. And, staff can experience severe consequences for speaking out against their powerful boss.”
“No one should have to put themselves in harm’s way for the public to understand a simple truth: Katie Hill is not a hero for women. We deserve heroes who embody our values even in the most difficult moments,” the tweets continued.
The tweets noted that Hill resigned before the House Ethics Committee could review her alleged affair with a senior member of her staff. They warned against “taking her word at face value” and said that further investigation would show the hostile work environment she created.
“Katie took advantage of her subordinates. She caused immense harm to the people who worked for her, many of whom were young women just beginning their careers in politics,” the tweets said. “Workplace abuse and harassment can take many different forms, but one thing is certain: it is never okay, even if your boss is a woman and/or a survivor.”
“Enough is enough. In order to advance the #MeToo movement, we must be willing to acknowledge the problematic behaviors among those in our own communities. Only then will we see true progress,” the tweets added.
Hill responded to the tweets on her personal account, saying she turned over all of the account’s information to the House clerk and had no idea how it could have been hacked.
“Thanks to all who let me know my government official twitter account was hacked. Control of my account was immediately handed back to the House Clerk when I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions. God knows who hacked it from there. Reported to @twitter,” she wrote.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to the House clerk and Twitter for comment.
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Original Author: Madison Dibble
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