Truth against the rules? Twitter censors videos of protesters threatening to KILL Mitch McConnell
After a mob of protesters surrounded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home screaming death threats at the Republican, Twitter punished those who shared videos and quotes of the incident.
Protesters descended on McConnell’s home in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday evening, following the two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 people dead over the weekend. They rang cowbells and chanted obscenities, calling for gun control legislation.
A Facebook live stream of the whole thing caught expletive-laden statements from protesters, such as a call for someone to “stab [McConnell] in the heart,” and regrets that the senator only broke his shoulder rather than his neck.
“Don’t nobody give a f**k! F**k your thoughts and prayers, Mitch. F**k you, f**k your wife, f**k everything you stand for,” one protester could be heard yelling.Also on rt.com Protesters threaten to stab Mitch McConnell outside his home (VIDEO)
The video was quickly shared by conservative journalists, as well as by McConnell’s re-election campaign. Twitter then demanded they delete it, ostensibly for the senator’s safety. When Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire refused to delete the footage, he said his account was temporarily suspended.
Twitter asked me yesterday to delete this tweet:It showed a person allegedly calling for violence against Mitch McConnellThe person appears to be a BLM activist who has met with Elizabeth WarrenI said no and they suspended me *and* McConnell's re-election campaignTHREAD: pic.twitter.com/RSospX3212— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 7, 2019
McConnell’s campaign account was also locked, until it agreed to remove the “offending” video.
Meanwhile, Twitter has allowed hashtags such as #MassacreMitch and #MassacreMoscowMitch to trend, and they were still allowed as of Wednesday evening, having been popular with Hollywood celebrities and liberal pundits alike.
Why don't you go back to DC and do your job?? Call an emergency session to pass legislation that will allow all Americans to live in safety, and not in fear for their lives EVERY GODDAMNED DAY!! You are a disgrace!! ##MoscowMitch#MassacreMITCHhttps://t.co/ud1aIKBCmu— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 7, 2019
Facebook seems to have purged the video of the protest from its platform as well, with a link to a previously available live stream now returning a blank page.
Saavedra and other conservative journalists have argued that Twitter is not protecting McConnell, but rather shielding the protesters from exposure and criticism.
This is absurd. The tweet in question was video of a woman yelling threats at McConnell himself, and twitter suspended McConnell’s campaign account, saying the tweets put McConnell in danger. What in the world?! @TwitterSupporthttps://t.co/L2gCpYvsNK— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 7, 2019
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