NY Times contributor Will Wilkinson, who is also the VP for research for the Niskanen Center, got himself in a little trouble yesterday when he tweeted about Joe Biden wanting “unity.” What he said was that “if Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence.” Yikes.
He later deleted the post but Ryan Saavedra got it.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 21, 2021
He also said that conservatives really didn’t believe in Biden’s call for unity because they didn’t like Biden’s policy proposals. “Aha! Biden proposes policies I dislike. HIS CALL FOR UNITY IS A LIE!!!” is all the forlorn conservative mind can seem to muster. Sad.” Of course, that’s nonsense.
Folks on the right don’t believe Biden’s call for unity because he and his buddies on the left turn around in the next moment, demonize Trump supporters, talk about going after people or shutting down media and influencers on the right. So no, they don’t want unity, they want subservience and compliance to the Democratic narrative.
Wilkinson is disingenuous in presenting the reasons why people don’t believe Biden’s call for unity.
But this guy thinks that publishing this comment about Mike Pence is a joke? Had any Republican actually done that, his job would already have been mobbed to have him fired and Twitter would have suspended him or booted him permanently. Wilkinson deleted his own tweet and made his account private but he doesn’t appear to have suffered any Twitter consequences. He literally talks about Pence being lynched but he still has an account unlike President Donald Trump and a boatload of folks on the right who didn’t tweet any such thing.
Wilkinson claimed it was a supposed to be “sarcasm.”
Last night I made an error of judgment and tweeted this. It was sharp sarcasm, but looked like a call for violence. That’s always wrong, even as a joke. It was especially wrong at a moment when unity and peace are so critical. I’m deeply sorry and vow not to repeat the mistake.
A grade school child would know better than to tweet such a thing and his excuse is lame.
But Twitter hasn’t apparently acted yet on his account, because his account is still there. So I guess it doesn’t violate their terms of service.