Today, word broke that Mitch McConnell’s 2020 campaign has been suspended from Twitter.
“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.
Kevin Golden is right, speech police are a big problem in this country. That’s why we need good constitutional men like Mitch McConnell. Someone who tried to overturn a Supreme Court ruling by allowing states to make flag burning a crime.
Why Twitter Is Wrong
Obviously, Twitter is in the wrong here. They have tons of accounts that only serve as an outlet for porn and violence, threats are not something they care about. There is also nothing in Twitter’s TOS against posting threats against yourself, that wouldn’t even make any sense.
Twitter is also being hypocritical here. Not only were there many accounts that have given death threats against Senator McConnell (and many others), there are even actual Congressional Representatives doing it. Just yesterday, Joaquin Castro (D-TX) — identical twin brother of Julian Castro — was caught doxxing people in his Congressional District. What did they do? Donate the maximum legally allowed to Donald Trump! Oh, well I guess that justified targeted harassment.
The account that did that — @Castro4Congress — is still up after that. Not only that, but he didn’t even apologize. Instead, he just said we had to do it because the El Paso shooter was a Trump supporter.
However, out of the 40 people he doxxed, 11 of them were retired. Oh no, not the elderly! Run for your lives!
Although, I should note that left-wing people are more likely to actually report people on Twitter than right-wing people are. As such, it’s also possible that Twitter often doesn’t know as the people most outraged about this likely have no reported it to Twitter so they can take it down.
Why It Doesn’t Matter
Some Republican commentators are saying this is just another example of censorship. While I agree it’s wrong, it’s really not that big of a deal.
First off, every other account related to Mitch McConnell is still up. Including his official Twitter account, the Senate GOP Twitter Account, and the official GOP Twitter account. It’s not as if they banned everything related to Mitch McConnell from Twitter through some weird 1984 style unpersoning.
Second off, he was almost certainly going to win this election to begin with. McConnell has won every election he’s taken part in with an average of 55.25% of the popular vote. About 2% of the population is on Twitter, do you really think that’s going to make a huge difference? Maybe he’ll win with 53.25 of the population this time. Oh no.
Oh, and there’s the fact he’s the Senate Majority Leader! No incumbent Senate Majority Leader has lost re-election since 2004! Before then, the last time it happened was in 1952. Oh, and both those times the Majority Leader was a Democrat.
And the end of the day, all this is going to do is make Twiter look slightly worse in the eyes of Republicans. I know, I didn’t think such a thing was possible.