Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is already auditioning to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) as the number three Republican in House leadership by throwing a Twitter tantrum.
House Republicans are planning to oust Cheney from her leadership position because she refuses to support disgraced former President Donald Trump’s election lies. To replace her, the GOP is apparently looking to elevate Stefanik, who has a history of sucking up to Trump.
The move is especially infuriating since House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has refused to punish Republicans who have committed real offenses. For example, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is embroiled in a sex trafficking investigation and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) continues to make incendiary remarks, including personal attacks on McCarthy. Yet McCarthy ignores their vile behavior while seeking to punish Cheney just for speaking the truth.
The optics certainly are not good considering Republicans are punishing a woman for not kissing Trump’s ring. That will not play well among suburban women voters. But Republicans are hoping to soften the blow by picking Stefanik to replace Cheney, and that’s already off to an embarrassing start because Stefanik threw a hissy fit on Twitter Thursday that revealed her ignorance of the Constitution.
BIG TECH on the MOVE! Twitter just suspended my Communications Director.
An unconstitutional overreach SILENCING our voices and freedom of speech.
Republicans are united in fighting back against Big Tech’s tyranny.
Millions of Americans will not be silenced!
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 6, 2021
The Constitution protects free speech from being violated by the government, not a private company like Twitter. Twitter has the power to decide who can use its platform and who can’t. That’s why Trump is permanently banned. As for Stefanik’s staffer, her account has already been reinstated because the suspension was a mistake.
Twitter users mocked Stefanik and schooled her.
Twitter is a private business, just like that baker you guys defended, the one who wouldn’t bake a cake for a gay couple. You know all this. But by all means, keep throwing red meat to the rabble.
— Sarah Freligh (@sfreligh) May 6, 2021
Here’s a tip: READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR TWITTER.
If you violate [private company] Twitter’s terms of service you will be suspended. Honestly, it’s not rocket science!
Sounds like you need a new communications director if he’s not smart enough to know that.
— lolita shatter (@shatterlo) May 6, 2021
Perhaps you weren’t present for the day they taught the Constitution at Harvard.
— ButGorsuch! (@Ignorem62281500) May 6, 2021
How is “Congress shall make no law” so unclear to people?
The Constitution restricts government, not citizens or their businesses. pic.twitter.com/7SlaEQwWHi
— Libertarian Party of Texas (@LPTexas) May 6, 2021
The Constitution only binds the government, not private business. You are in Congress, you should already know this
— Kenneth Heintz (@ktheintz) May 6, 2021
— El Bebe (@budiboggs) May 6, 2021
elise, if you really want to get this right you’re gonna have to toss in a few ‘sad!’s and stuff.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 6, 2021
“Republicans are united in fighting back against Big Tech’s tyranny?”
The same 256 congressional Republicans who VOTED AGAINST NET NEUTRALITY and DELIBERATELY gave big tech the power to decide who could and could not access the internet?
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 6, 2021
Clearly, Republicans prefer petulant toddlers as their leaders instead of adults.
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