The Republican Party, the Trump campaign, and other GOP organizations announced Thursday, Aug. 8, that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform’s suspension of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Twitter temporarily locked McConnell’s campaign account Wednesday after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, threatening the Republican senator.
Angry far left protesters gathered outside of Mitch McConnell’s home on Monday night to threaten the Republican senator. McConnell’s official account posted the video, which showed the protester saying that someone should “just stab” a voodoo doll of McConnell “in the heart.”
The social media platform said in a statement that users were locked out temporarily due to a tweet “that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.” The account was active Thursday, but no longer contained the tweet.
In an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WHAS, McConnell said the decision to ban his campaign account exposed the “left-wing tilt of these big companies.” He said that Twitter allowed the hash tag #MassacreMitch to trend over the weekend, “but locks our account for posting actual threats against us.”
“Twitter perfectly fine with carrying Massacre Mitch which is obviously an invitation to violence, but when those kind of words are directed at me, they shut us down, locked our account down,” McConnell told Meiners. “We are in a major war with them, and they haven’t given up yet.”
McConnell told Meiners locking his account shows the bias of the company.
“This shows you the political tilt, the left wing tilt of these big companies and how they try to suppress speech when it’s inconvenient,” McConnell said. “When they hear people whose actions they support crossing the line, they shut it down. I think that’s selective enforcement of their views about who ought to be influential on political discourse in the country.”
National Republican Congressional Committee Executive Director Parker Hamilton Poling said her organization was freezing Twitter spending “until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team Mitch.”
“I have directed the @NRCC to immediately halt all spending with @Twitter until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team_Mitch,” Poling said. “We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias.”
“Twitter’s hostile actions toward Leader McConnell’s campaign are outrageous, and we will not tolerate it,” added Jesse Hunt, National Republican Senate Committee communications director. “The NRSC will suspend all spending with Twitter until further notice. We will not spend our resources on a platform that silences conservatives,” according to the New York Post.
McConnell is under pressure to call the Senate back in session to pass gun reform laws including the universal background check measure that passed the House in March. But he says that’s likely not going to happen.
“If we did that we would just have people scoring points and nothing would happen,” McConnell said. “There has to be a bipartisan discussion here on what we can agree on if we do it prematurely it will just be another frustrating experience for all of us and the public where people are just trying to score political points and not trying to get an outcome.”
The Senate is currently on the August recess.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.