President Donald Trump threatened violence against protesters in direct violation of Twitter rules, so the social media giant flagged the post, only for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to whine about it.
On Tuesday morning, Trump ranted about so-called “autonomous zones” that some protesters have created in the streets to prevent police officers from committing violence against them.
As protesters attempted to set up such a zone in Washington DC, Trump threatened “serious force” against them.
There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
This drew Twitter’s attention, which resulted in the post being flagged for violence.
Of course, it’s about time Twitter began treating Trump’s tweets the same way they do everyone else’s. But McCarthy went full snowflake in response by accusing Twitter of censorship even though the tweet has not been removed and is still viewable.
The President tweets that people should stop breaking the law and Twitter moves to censor him.
The left is uncomfortable that in a vibrant democracy, citizens have a right to hear directly from their President and decide for themselves what to think about it.#StopTheBias!
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 23, 2020
Twitter users pointed out that Trump violated the rules and that Twitter can do what it wants as a private company.
Dude, he threatened violence on American citizens. Wake up and stop drinking that Kool-aid!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 24, 2020
Also, it’s a privately owned company, so… they GET to act as publishers if they do choose. That is the backbone of the free market and capitalism, isn’t it? Rugged individualism? Well, you can’t have it both ways.
— Jessica Rakowicz (@EconomistAnyone) June 24, 2020
Tell your president to stop issuing threats of violence and violating social media TOS #Snowfkake. ?
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) June 24, 2020
You are so far out of touch and so deep in with Trump. It’s sad.
— Jenifer (@jenifer__5) June 23, 2020
Social media platforms have rules, if you don’t like the rules move to another platform. The rest of us on Twitter follow the rules, Trump is no better than anyone else. Actually I am sure most American’s would poll higher than him.
— Brenda Lee (@BrendaLeeNY) June 23, 2020
He was code Calling to Arms!
He was inciting violence!
— ?~Bindi~? (@bindiatthebeach) June 23, 2020
Trump should be putting statements out via his Press Secretary, on the WH page or in front of cameras. A private business doesn’t have to allow him to have an account on the platform. I believe they should remove him from Twitter altogether.
— KB (@clarkgal) June 24, 2020
Frankly, McCarthy and Trump should be grateful that Twitter hasn’t banned them yet. And that’s something that should have happened years ago.
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