Just hours after President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to remove an “unprecedented liability shield” from social media companies (such as Twitter) engaging in political censorship, Twitter “hid” a tweet President Trump sent regarding the riots in Minneapolis claiming it “violated Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”
The tweet was the second in a series Trump sent opposing the second night of violence in the city after protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis PD officer turned into large-scale riots.
The first tweet reads:
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
Here is what the hidden tweet says:
…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
Twitter users were able to click through the filter to read the actual tweet, but were unable to like or retweet.
Predictably, the coalition of Never Trumpers and the #Resistance claimed that Twitter, as a private company, can take whatever actions it wants against accounts they deem violate their Terms of Service, that Trump was inciting violence, and that it was “an appalling, inhumane statement by the President of the United States.”
An appalling, inhumane statement by the president of the United States, Donald Trump, at nearly 1am.
[Also, the Minnesota National Guard already announced it activated 500 soldiers, so, he’s uninformed in addition to everything else.] pic.twitter.com/vf8p0Wq6mt
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 29, 2020
No. What’s appalling is watching police officers run from their station after a violent mob attacked it, then watching the station go up in flames.
This is the moment when Minneapolis police officers abandoned the 3rd precinct building. Rioters chased them as they left and continued to throw objects at the police vehicles. pic.twitter.com/KoxAAYiUIN
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 29, 2020
(Note: Those photos and videos are from Julio Rosas of Townhall, our sister site. Please pray for his safety as he brings us these reports.)
What’s appalling and inhumane is the way a woman in a wheelchair was attacked and robbed simply because she stood her ground in front of a Target store rioters were about to loot.
Video captured earlier of the elderly wheelchair-bound woman who was attacked at the Minneapolis Target during the BLM riot. In a later interview, she said she was trying to do her part in stopping the looting. She was beat on the head & sprayed in the face w/a fire extinguisher. pic.twitter.com/EpcAAF0HLY
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
What’s appalling and inhumane is leftist anarchists co-opting a protest and burning down affordable housing units and neighborhood businesses. Do they even think about the people who will now lose jobs?
Fires are still smoldering in Minneapolis this morning. The entire affordable housing development was razed to the ground. Wendy’s and Autozone have been completely destroyed in the riot as well. #BlackLivesMatter #antifa #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/Gkd05db6d2
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
What’s appalling is the number of people in this country who are okay with violent anarchists attempting a coup, essentially, but who think it’s terrible said violent thugs to be shot.
“Looters will be shot” has long been a standard principle of civic order. https://t.co/FgSFY8amTF
— Michael Walsh (@dkahanerules) May 29, 2020
Twitter’s actions also raise some interesting legal questions regarding not only election interference, but campaign finance. Should their actions be considered an in-kind donation to the Biden campaign? Or should they be held to a variation of the “equal time” doctrine, where they aren’t permitted to delete, hide, or otherwise obfuscate what a candidate is saying?
Of course tweets promising violence against Trump, against police officers in general, or publicizing this weekend’s Black Lives Matter “protests” haven’t been hidden; presumably they’re not glorifying violence.