As reported by Axios
Twitter suspended the account of the re-election campaign of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for posting a profanity-laced video of protesters outside the Senate majority leader’s home, the Courier-Journal first reported Wednesday.
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) August 7, 2019
What they’re saying: McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden said in a statementissued to news outlets the Twitter account, “Team Mitch,” was locked “for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. “
“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.”
— McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden statement
Context: Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the hashtag “Massacre Mitch” trended on Twitter, in reference to 2 gun control bills that have stalled in the Senate.
- Fox News reports some activists protested outside the home of McConnell, where he has been recovering since fracturing a shoulder in a fall on Sunday. This was captured in the video at the center of the Twitter suspension.