Anti-Muslim post appears on clerk's Facebook page
Circuit clerk says it was hack job
A Facebook post quoting conservative former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann saying that Muslims are out to destroy Christianity briefly appeared on the Facebook page of Sangamon County circuit clerk Pal Palazzolo on Tuesday night.
“The movement of Muslims into Europe and the U.S. is a planned invasion for the specific purpose of destroying Western Christendom,” read the quote attributed to Bachmann, whose photo also appeared on the post.
Bachmann, a former congresswoman from Minnesota who was a Tea Party politician during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the controversial remark in 2016, after leaving the House, where she held office for eight years. She made an unsuccessful run for president in 2012.
The post originally appeared on the Facebook page of someone in Kansas and was posted on the circuit clerk’s Facebook page by Palazzolo. It was soon taken down.
Palazzolo said that he didn’t do it. Indeed, the circuit clerk said, he doesn’t have the expertise or time to post on Facebook and delegates that task to his staff. Five people in his office, Palazzolo said, have authority to post on Facebook.
“We believe that one of our folks was hacked,” Palazzolo said.
Palazzolo acknowledged having no proof that an employee whom he did not name was hacked so that someone else was able to post unauthorized material on the circuit clerk’s Facebook page from a personal account of the employee. It boils down to a matter of trust, the circuit clerk said, and he trusts his employee, whom he has known for years.
“He would not have done anything like that,” Palazzolo said. “He also had other weird things go out under his name to other people who also informed him that they got stuff that they would not have received from him.” The circuit clerk said he didn’t know what other things other people had received from the employee.
“He have me anecdotal testimony, for lack of a better word,” Palazzolo said.
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