On Wednesday afternoon angry and confused conservative voices started filling the Twitterverse over Twitter’s decision to “lock-up” and suspend Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell’s campaign account known as “@Team_Mitch.”
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) August 7, 2019
Twitter suspended Team Mitch’s account after the campaign tweeted about the personal, hate-filled attack on the Majority Leader while he was home recovering from a fractured shoulder. Team Mitch stated they had appealed the violation but Twitter stood by their decision.
A Twitter spokesman told Politico that the account was “temporarily locked out of their account for a Twitter that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.
The locked account comes just two days after a visibly angry mob of left-wing protesters stormed the outside of McConnell’s Louisville, Kentucky home, screaming profanities like “Just stab the mother f—– in the heart” and that he “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled- neck.”
Although Twitter suspended Team Mitch for its “violent content”, they allowed the hashtag, “#MassacreMitch” to trend on their platform for hours during the protest, which also violates their own community standard of “prohibiting the glorification of violence.”
McConnell’s campaign manager, Kevin Golden, said, “This is the problem with the speech police in America today… Twitter will allow the words ‘Massacre Mitch’ to trend nationally on their platform. But locks our account for posting actual threats against us.”
A progressive news, policy, and commentary group in Kentucky called, “Forward Kentucky” took to their Twitter account to give prominence to the double standard within the social media community.
— ForwardKY (@ForwardKy) August 8, 2019
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor to Accuracy in Media and The Hill. She is the former Political Director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and current national PAC consultant. @MarissaAlisa