An account associated with the social media manager of Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s failed gubernatorial campaign appeared to be shut down and contained a message telling “confederate country” to “get f****” following his boss’s defeat on Tuesday night.
“I tried my best,” the account @CharlieOlaf said in an updated bio. “Get f****** confederate country. Have fun with low taxes and no morals.”
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin speaks at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Charlie Olafsson was McAuliffe’s social media manager during the campaign. It is unclear whether Olafsson was hacked or when, or if, he lost control of the account, but the account was under his control as recently as Friday, October 29.
The link in @CharlieOlaf’s Twitter bio now directs to a pornographic website.
A spokesperson for the McAuliffe campaign told Fox News: “This is not a staffer’s Twitter account. Someone is impersonating him and Twitter is looking into this.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Olafsson was directly involved in promoting the eventually debunked narrative that white supremacists showed up to rally in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
The Lincoln Project, a group of former Republican operatives critical of Donald Trump, ultimately took credit for staging that event, which most political pundits believe did far more harm to the McAuliffe campaign than good.
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ((AP Photo/Andrew Harnik))
Mary Trump, former president Trump’s niece who has been an outspoken critic of her uncle, praised Olafsson’s using the handle @CharlieOlaf on Twitter in the days leading up to the election.
“@CharlieOlaf has been moving mountains in Virginia to get Terry McAuliffe elected,” Trump tweeted. “The man deserves a follow!”
Youngkin, a first time candidate who hails from the business wing of the GOP, beat McAuliffe by a small margin Tuesday night in a race that wasn’t expected to be competitive months ago.
McAuliffe issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he “came up short” and offered his “congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory.”
A small group of demonstrators dressed as “Unite the Right” rally-goers with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk as Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
“I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family,” the former governor said.