Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had his campaign Twitter account locked after he posted a video of protestors threatening him at his home.
McConnell’s “TeamMitch” account was locked out on Wednesday over a profanity-ridden video of a protest outside his house, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said the tweet violated the site’s “violent threats policy.”
“The user was temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety,” said Rosborough.
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Kevin Golden — McConnell’s re-election campaign manager — told the Courier-Journal that Twitter’s locking of the account illustrated “a problem with the speech police in America today.”
“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. 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. We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”
The leader of Louisville Black Lives Matter Chanelle Helm was seen in a live video outside the protest on Monday saying that the Senate Majority Leader “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-[expletive] neck.”
Helm said in a phone interview with the Courier-Journal on Tuesday that she did not regret what she said.
“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,” Helm said. “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.”
Correction [8/8/19, 1:50 p.m. ET]: Previously, this story inaccurately claimed that McConnell’s account was unlocked, when it is still locked by Twitter. We have corrected the error.