White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday, Oct. 14, that Twitter locked her out of her account for sharing a story from the New York Post on Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“It’s not a temporary blockage,” McEnany told host Sean Hannity. “When I log on to my Twitter account, it says I’m permanently banned. They essentially have me at gunpoint, and said unless you delete this story—a news story by the New York Post—I cannot regain access to my account.”
The New York Post ran the story on Wednesday, which included a copy of an email that was allegedly sent by Vadym Pozharsky, an adviser to Burisma’s board of directors, to Hunter Biden in April 2015, thanking him for “giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent[sic] some time together.”
The Post said the email was part of a “massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer” dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019.
“This was a news story with emails, pictures of the emails … even the Biden campaign does not dispute the authenticity of the emails,” McEnany said. “Meanwhile … the ayatollah of Iran [is] tweeting ‘death to Israel’—this is permitted on Twitter, but an email that is reported … by the New York Post, a credible outlet—you are not allowed share that information.”
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Politico, “The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of the story. … Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time, and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
However, the Biden campaign admitted that it would not rule out the possibility that Biden had an informal meeting with Pozharskyi, reported Politico.
Meanwhile, the Post editorial board said that the Biden campaign didn’t respond to the Post’s “five pre-publication requests nor ever deny the e-mails’ veracity.”
Twitter responded to the bombshell by suspending the Post, McEnany, reporters, and celebrities’ accounts.
Facebook also reduced the story’s spread, claiming that they would rely on its fact-checking partners to determine its legitimacy.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 14, 2020
Twitter has locked the account of our reporter @AndrewKerrNC for tweeting a screenshot from the NY Post story disputing the possibility of the Hunter Biden emails being a hack pic.twitter.com/HwFoFoZnIp
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 15, 2020
“This is not the American way,” McEnany said. “This is not how a freedom-loving democracy operates. We have to hold Twitter accountable, and Facebook too, who is banning the transmission of this story simply because ideologically, it hurts the side of the aisle that Silicon Valley prefers. It’s sad. It’s censorship, [and] this is not America.”