Let me make this clear at the outset: I do not like Mitch McConnell. I think he’s a repugnant, despicable coward. I think he’s a hypocrite and a Trump toady. I think he’s a bully. So this does not come from any place of love for the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky.
This week, however, Twitter froze his campaign team’s account over a tweet it posted showing protesters outside McConnell’s home calling for physical violence against him. This all comes on the heels of McConnell breaking his shoulder last weekend and it appeared that protesters were allegedly hoping that he would break his neck. This is deeply repugnant. Whatever you think of McConnell, and I don’t think much of him, this kind of hateful rhetoric is just flat out wrong. It’s hard for the center and the left to claim any moral high ground when members are calling for grievous bodily harm to befall the Senate’s Republican leader.
Worse, Twitter showed dubious logic by freezing the account, claiming it violated Twitter policy about violent threats. Um, yeah, that was kind of the point of the tweet in the first place. The tweet is no longer available, as this is the message on gets on @team_mitch’s page:
In other words, McConnell’s campaign team posted a video of people making what it saw as threats against McConnell and Twitter banned it for posting the video. Apparently Twitter won’t unlock the account until Team Mitch deletes the tweet, which it appears to be unwilling to do so far.
It is hard to like McConnell. It is even harder to like his campaign team. These are the people who posted this last Saturday, the day of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton:
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) August 3, 2019
But that doesn’t make any of this right. As I see it, the first egregious error is made by the protesters outside of McConnell’s home and this was compounded by Twitter. #EpicFails all around.