G. Mark Mickelson apparently isn’t the only prominent Republican who’s had a social media account hacked this month. An Instagram account that appears to have been created by convicted incestophile and failed Republican Senate candidate Joel Koskan ten years ago published a couple of new posts yesterday:
Joel Koskan could not have posted these two cartoonish images, of a dirt biker and a tractor, yesterday because he’s been behind bars in Springfield since April, and South Dakota Department of Corrections policies say inmates can’t access the Internet by computer, phone, or tablet:
Unless otherwise approved, offenders are prohibited from accessing stand-alone computers with an island LAN. Offenders shall not have access to the state Intranet system or computers with access to the Internet [DOC Policy 1.5.A.7.IV.1.A.1, effective 2023.06.01]
Offenders may not use the telephone or messaging system to subscribe to any social media service which maintains a social media account on behalf of an offender [DOC Policy 1.7.D.02.IV.4.E.5, effective 2023.10.01].
Even if someone smuggled Koskan an iPhone in his birthday cake, it’s unlikely he would have used that contraband to post cartoons to Instagram. Besides, the content of the posts and the header read entirely un-Koskanianly:
- “…HMU now to get yours done at a very cool rate 💯💯”
- on the dirt bike cartoon: “I’m in love 😍 in making arts more and more 🔥💕💯”
- on the tractor cartoon: “Can’t believe I can make this dope 🔥 fr lol🔥✅”
Yes, prison can change a man, but I have a hard time believing hard time would turn Koskan (or forty-something from Wood, South Dakota) from a MAGA-spouting blowhard to an emoji-bedazzler referring to his own 100% posts as “dope” and asking clickers to “HMU” for “a very cool rate”.
Mickelson mimicked, Koskan co-opted… striped Joel couldn’t do anything from his current bunk to secure his online accounts, but maybe his Republican friends on the other side of the wall should check their social media accounts and update their passwords.
And hey, doofus Koskan-spoofer: if you’re really trying to promote your doodles, hijacking the name of a convicted sex creep probably isn’t going to get you the audience you want.