With his poll numbers in the toilet in his home state of Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) reelection bid next year looks to be his toughest yet.
However, his campaign, Team Mitch, will have to deal with a major handicap — at least temporarily — as it ramps up for the fight of his life after the decision today by Twitter to suspend the McConnell campaign’s account after it shared a profanity-filled video of protestors congregating outside the Senate Majority Leader’s Lousiville mansion on Monday.
According to the Lousiville Courier Journal, McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden was livid over the suspension.
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“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,” Golden told the newspaper. “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.”
#MoscowMitch, as the denizens of the social media platform have been referring to the obstructive Majority Leader — eschewing his own chosen nickname of The Grim Reaper” — has been the focus of outraged calls to reconvene the Senate in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend in order to vote on more stringent gun regulations, already passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
With the NRA already having spent $1.6 million to lobby Congress against laws that would require stricter background checks, McConnell is loathe to do anything that would jeopardize his 93% rating from the gun manufacturers’ lobbyist.
Protestors gathered outside McConnell’s home over the weekend — where the Senator was supposedly resting after injuring his shoulder in a fall — to protest his refusal to allow any of the progressive legislation passed in the House even be put to a vote in the Senate.
In a live stream of the protest yesterday, Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm told the crowd that instead of hurting his shoulder, McConnell “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck.”
“McConnell doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks, who need insulin, who need any type of medication, because they want to stop and prevent health care for all,” she later told the Courier Journal. “And that is something that every American out here wants. There’s only a few Americans who don’t want that, and those people are politicians and their cronies.”
Other protestors held signs and shouted slogans ranging from #MassacreMitch to “Murder Turtle”, both referring to his role in obstructing gun regulation legislation.
With protestors loudly chanting “F*#%k Mitch”, the Senator could not have been getting much rest and, apparently feeling threatened, he decided to have Team Mitch post video of the crowd loudly cursing him out as a ploy to attract the pity of conservatives who would then view him as standing up to an unruly mob.
That tactic failed when Twitter suspended his campaign’s account for violating community standards and the video became unavailable. The original live stream from Facebook was also taken down.
The Twitter content police somehow missed the fact that Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra had posted the same footage on one of his own threads.
You can see the footage that inspired Mitch McConnell to take the actions that got his campaign banned from the social media platform in the tweets below, at least until someone at Twitter catches on and pulls these tweets as well.
Far-left protester: "We're at McConnell's house. This b*tch think he about to get some rest … F*ck Mitch! … He's in there nursing his little broken arm, he should have broken his little raggedy wrinkled ass neck" pic.twitter.com/jJ5sV4tfxN
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 6, 2019
Far-left protesters are outside McConnell's home with signs that state: (#)MassacreMitch pic.twitter.com/jZc3RmHcMe
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 6, 2019
Saavedra may refer to the protestors as “far-left”, but particularly after the events of this past weekend, their demand for enacting air-tight background checks is shared by the majority of Americans.
If McConnell can’t stand the heat of democracy in action, with his constituents demanding that he pay attention to their desire to be free of the threat of white supremacist violence, he needs to resign. Then he can tend to his ailing shoulder in peace.
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