If you ever wondered if being House majority leader would make someone safe from getting suspended from Twitter, we now know the answer is no.
Per Mediaite, Senator Mitch McConnell‘s official campaign account has been suspended from Twitter, and despite an appeal, Twitter refused to grant them access again unless they deleted a Tweet that contained the video flagged by the company for violating Twitter rules.
But that video wasn’t one that featured McConnell or anyone in the GOP. It wasn’t a campaign video or a Trump video or a speech. Instead, it was video of “protesters” who gathered outside the Senator’s private residence to shout threats and innuendo, along with plenty of profanity, taunting him and his family, all with undertones of violence and some overt threats of it.
The video was created and shared on Facebook by liberal activist Chanelle Helm, whose own Twitter account still active and in use today.
“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is the problem with the speech police in America today,” said campaign manager Kevin Golden in a statement. “The Lexington-Herald can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.”
Fox News shared some clips of the video that got McConnell banned.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.
After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville, the campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, has been locked out.
“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.”
“Twitter will allow the words of “Massacre Mitch” to trend nationally on their platform, but locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”
McConnell, who fractured his shoulder on Sunday, has been under a heated spotlight after two mass shootings that killed more than 30 people and injured several more.
Democrats and other critics have been urging McConnell to take up several gun control measures that proponents believe will stem the violence.
On Monday, Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm said in a live video of the protest outside of McConnell’s Highlands-area home that instead of falling and injuring his shoulder over the weekend, the GOP leader “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck.”
After a man makes a reference to a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll, Helm replied, “Just stab the m—– f—– in the heart.” That comment went viral on Twitter.
In a phone interview with the Courier Journal on Tuesday afternoon, Helm said she doesn’t regret her comments.
“McConnell doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks, who need insulin, who need any type of medication, because they want to stop and prevent health care for all,” she said. “And that is something that every American out here wants. There’s only a few Americans who don’t want that, and those people are politicians and their cronies.”