2020 Dems Knock Down Harris’ Call to Ban Trump From Twitter, Cite ‘Freedom of Speech’

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Some 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are distancing themselves from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over her call to ban the president from Twitter.

Harris took to Twitter to urge the social media platform to “suspend” President Donald Trump’s account over some of his controversial tweets, as IJR previously reported.

“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:

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:

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.”

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General Confusion
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“How many minds have you changed with your obvious disdain? Isn’t that a sign of mental illness?” Cherl You are confused, Cherl. What you call mental illness is not accurate. You have been swept up in a fascistic culture surrounding a populist leader, King Donald The Loser. At the moment, you can’t see that, but others can. One of the traits of fascism is the extreme polarization of opinions – us versus them. This is what you are describing and feeling, above. You see that on IJR all of the time because the site is set up to feed that… Read more »

Tom Bodine
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For anyone that hasn’t figured out what the Bolsheviks on the left are here is the proof, communism 101 is the control of the media, which they already have, and the banning of any speech by the opposition. 🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀’s

Screwtape
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Cassandra,

I was responding to Phil. It need not make sense to you, nor to her, as she has no sense.

John
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John

and Harris has a law degree!?

Sherri
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They try to silence Trump, factual news, conservatives everywhere. They know they can’t rule over us unless they silence us. Look at Hong Kong. That is the face of fighting for freedom. Vote for Trump and those that support him or we will lose all freedom. Better take a look at Agenda 2021 and 2030. #WakeUp

Cherl
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*Phyllis* Since I was fairly certain that my reply to you would be hidden I repost it here. Breaking my own rule to ignore your absurd blathering but on this I call you the mentally and emotionally ill. What gives you the right to demean someone who doesn’t agree with you. You do it with every word and silly question that you write. Most of the time your comments go unnoticed but you still continue. How many minds have you changed with your obvious disdain? Isn’t that a sign of mental illness? Doing the same thing over and over and… Read more »

Screwtape
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Phil, “Twitter IS a private enterprise, and can make the rules on what is deemed acceptable speech. They provide you with the rules of usage of their social media site when you sign up. They also inform you you that failure to comply with the rules will result in suspension.” Thanks Phil. I just said that using fewer words. But conciseness IS the soul of wit, something which you clearly lack. You ARE really good at parroting though. I notice you and the Genitally Confused share that in common. Is it symptomatic of weak minds that vote Dimocrat?

ron
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if this country votes a demwite into office this what we will get out rights taken away. they are after our guns and now our freedom speech. what is next that they want to take away from us?

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