Some 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are distancing themselves from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over her call to ban the president from Twitter.
“Time to do something about this,” the Democratic senator tweeted, directing her post at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Shen then took a more formal route on Tuesday, as she penned a letter to Dorsey, citing several tweets by Trump that she believes goes against the user agreement.
“No user, regardless of their job, wealth, or stature should be exempt from abiding by Twitter’s user agreement, not even the President of the United States,” Harris wrote.
Check out Harris’ full letter below:
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 2, 2019
When asked if she supports Harris’ move to suspend Trump from the social media platform, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Calif.) responded, “No.”
Gabbard — who hasn’t been shy in splitting on views from her 2020 Democratic challengers — went on to point out the importance of the First Amendment.
“I think freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational right in our democracy,” she said, adding:
“I think the things that are coming from Donald Trump are things that are inciting a lot of divisiveness in our country, though, and this is one of the many reasons why I believe it’s important that voters vote to defeat Donald Trump.
On a serious note though, we can’t just cancel or shut down or silence those who we disagree with or hold different views or say things even that we strongly disagree with. These freedoms and principles enshrined in our Constitution are things we have to take very seriously.”
See Gabbard’s comments below:
When asked if she agrees with @KamalaHarris that President @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter account should be suspended, @TulsiGabbard says, "No. I think freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational, right in our democracy."pic.twitter.com/TwcEYAu45G
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 2, 2019
Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was asked by reporters on Wednesday at the MSNBC gun reform event if Trump should be banned. She laughed then bluntly said, “No.” Warren later though was asked if the president “uses the term ‘treason’ recklessly,” in which she responded, “Yes.”