Sen. Kamala Harris, on the campaign trail for the White House, told a CNN audience that Twitter’s executives ought to boot President Donald Trump because he was using the platform to bully people and not inspire them.
As if that were Twitter’s standards of use.
But nothing says U.S. president like a call for censorship of political dissent, right?
“The president’s tweets and his behavior about this [whistleblower] are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lift people up,” Harris said, The Hill noted. “If you look at what he’s been tweeting … directed at the whistleblower, I frankly think that based on this and all we’ve seen before, including attacking members of Congress, that his Twitter account should be suspended.”
Harris also said that “there is plenty of evidence to suggest that [Trump] is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people.”
Well, which is it: Is there plenty of evidence, or is it just a suggestion? Because a fact is hardly the same as a supposition.
But even without that slip of slippery tongue, Harris makes a ridiculous argument.
Twitter is not in the business to “lift people up.” At least, not the conservative people.
Remember this? When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign team sent around a video of Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm saying “just stab the motherf—er in the heart” while referring to a voodoo doll of the majority leader — it was @Team_Mitch’s account that Twitter locked.
That was in August.
And the Twitter world is filled with examples of similarly biased shows of censorship against conservatives.
What Harris wants isn’t so different from what all leftists want — that is, to silence all opposing political views, particularly those from this bold president.
What makes Harris newsworthy, however, is that she’s running for president. She could possibly be the Democratic Party’s pick for 2020, if not for president, then for vice president; if not for vice president, then for some Cabinet position.
And if she’s calling for censorship of the president of the United States, simply because she doesn’t like or agree with his political views, imagine how she’d treat Joe Q. Conservative. Imagine a Harris with executive level power.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @ckchumley.
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