VIDEO: Senator Suspended From Twitter Over Video Of Protesters Threatening Him
Louisville, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Kentucky) Twitter account was shut down on Wednesday after it shared video of protesters making death threats in front of the senator’s house (video below).
About 25 protesters gathered outside McConnell’s Louisville home at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, as the senator was recovering from a fall that left him with a shoulder injury, the Courier Journal reported.
The group is angry that the senate majority leader didn’t bring Democrat-sponsored gun control legislation to the floor of the U.S. Senate before summer recess, and have placed the blame for the shootings in El Paso and Dayton squarely at McConnell’s feet.
The protesters made a lot of noise, scraping snow shovels down the sidewalk in front of the senator’s house and banging on metal pots as they chanted and held signs that depicted targets and the words “Massacre Mitch.”
The video showed somber-faced U.S. Capitol police officers standing guard on the majority leader’s lawn as Black Lives Matter Louisville President Chanelle Helm filmed herself making threats against their protectee.
The video, which has since been removed from Helm’s Facebook page, showed an expletive-laced rant by Helm.
“F--k you, f--k your wife, f--k everybody you stand for,” she yelled in the video.
Then somebody with Helm started talking about voodoo dolls off camera.
“Hopefully, some mother--ker out there with some voodoo dolls of these b---hes,” he said in the video.
“Yeah you know somebody is,” Helm replied. “That’s probably what it is… just stab the motherf--ker in the heart, please.”
She also said at one point that McConnell "should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled f--king neck."
Helm share the video on Facebook, and then McConnell’s team shared it on Twitter as an example of what was going on outside the senator’s house, the Courier Journal reported.
But the tweet wasn’t up for very long.
Twitter suspended McConnell’s @Team_Mitch handle on Wednesday for posting the video of protesters making threats in front of his house.
McConnell Campaign Manager Kevin Golden pointed out that the lockdown came just days after another Kentucky paper went after the senator and Twitter allowed the hashtag #MassacreMitch to go viral, the Courier Journal reported.
"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," Golden said. "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," he continued. "We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video."
Twitter's policy says users "may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people" and that "the glorification of violence" is prohibited, the Courier Journal reported.
“The user was temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety,” Twitter Spokesperson Katie Rosborough explained.
After backlash from politicians, Twitter reversed their decision to suspend the account.
McConnell’s stint in Twitter jail is just one more example of the social media platform’s alleged bias that President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have been complaining about for a while, Politico reported.
Rumors emerged early in the week that President Trump was circulating drafts of an executive order that would crack down on anti-conservative bias by social media companies.
Politico reported on Wednesday that three White House sources had confirmed the administration is evaluating how to best use the federal government’s power to reign in the liberal bias in Silicon Valley.
“If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system,” a White House official told Politico. “But look, we also think that social media plays a vital role. They have a vital role and an increasing responsibility to the culture that has helped make them so profitable and so prominent."
No details about what the drafts contained was released, but an administration official acknowledged their existence on the record.
"The President announced at this month’s social media summit that we were going to address this and the administration is exploring all policy solutions," he said.
Watch protesters in front of McConnell’s house in the video below: