Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign has been suspended from Twitter after sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville.
“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.
“Twitter will allow the words of “Massacre Mitch” to trend nationally on their platform, but locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”
McConnell was also criticized this weekend after his reelection campaign put up a tombstone-shaped sign at the same campaign event with the name of his Democratic challenger “Amy McGrath” and the date of her death listed as the 2020 election.
McConnell’s campaign tweeted a photo of the tombstones and called McConnell the “Grim Reaper of Socialism,” just hours after a 21-year-old white male opened fire inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 and injuring dozens more.
President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court “Merrick Garland” and the word “socialism” was also printed on the cardboard tombstones.
McConnell’s challenger said the death imagery is troubling — especially in wake of the recent mass shootings.
“Hours after the El Paso shooting, Mitch McConnell proudly tweeted this photo,” McGrath tweeted. “I find it so troubling that our politics have become so nasty and personal that the Senate Majority Leader thinks it’s appropriate to use imagery of the death of a political opponent (me) as messaging.”
It's symptomatic of what is wrong with our system. I'm fine with the ordinary rough and tumble of politics, but this strikes me as beyond the pale.
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) August 5, 2019