Twitter suspended Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s official campaign account on Wednesday, Aug. 7, for defending themselves against protesters calling for violence outside the senator’s home.
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.”
But Twitter locked the account, saying the footage violates “the terms of service violent threats policy.”
“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell,” McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Daily Caller.
He said that Twitter allowed the hash tag #MassacreMitch to trend over the weekend, “but locks our account for posting actual threats against us.”
“We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video,” he said.
Two other accounts, from congressional staffer Ben Goldey and journalist Ryan Saavedra, were also temporarily suspended for posting the footage.
A Twitter representative told Daily Caller that the video violated the company’s policy against sharing violent threats or content that glorifies violence, regardless of context.
“The user was temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety,” the representative said.
In the video, Chanelle Helm, a Black Lives Matter activist who joined dozens of other protesters outside of McConnell’s home, was talking about a shoulder injury McConnell sustained during a fall over the weekend.
“Just stab the [expletive] in the heart, please,” Helm said of the hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll.
“One of those heart attacks where they can’t breath, and they’re holding their chest and they fall backwards,” she said. “He’s in there nursing his broken arm. He should have broken his raggedy, wrinkled[expletive] neck.”
Earlier this week, Democrat Rep. Julian Castro criticized Trump donors in his district and posted the names to Twitter and no action was taken against Castro’s account.