In a startling move last week, Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from the platform under the guise of preventing incitement of violence.
However, Twitter accounts belonging to Democrat leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who have engaged in violent or false political rhetoric over the past four years remain active. Pelosi, in particular, has publicly called for “uprisings,” claimed the election was “hijacked,” and said lawmakers should be ready to “throw a punch” — yet has had no pushback from Big Tech.
What a joke!
In May 2017, Pelosi tweeted, “Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.” Yet Twitter did not deem it necessary to attach a misinformation warning to that tweet.
In a video from 2020, Pelosi says, “I just came from mass, but nonetheless, when you’re in the arena, you have to be ready to take a punch and throw a punch.” “For the children,” she added.
Of course, a Republican can’t get away with making such careless remarks. Last week, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert faced calls for removal after he quoted Pelosi word-for-word while speaking in the House on Wednesday.
“I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, maybe there will be,” Pelosi had said in 2018, while speaking about unpopular Trump administration policies at the border. Outraged liberals quickly piled on Gohmert before realizing that he was just quoting the Speaker — at which point, they were apparently okay with the shocking statement.
In a report, the Washington Examiner highlighted a Twitter thread by Grabien Media editor Tom Elliott, who compiled video clips from top Democrats like Pelosi, Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Tester (D-MT).
As seen in the clips, all of these individuals have either called “for their supporters to confront Republicans physically” or warned of “‘civil unrest’ on the streets.” Waters can be seen in one video from 2018 urging her supporters to harass Trump supporters on the streets, saying, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out, and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Booker, in a video from 2018, urged his supporters to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.” And Tester, in 2019, went so far as to say — on MSNBC — that the way to achieve an election victory over President Trump is to “punch him in the face.”
Rules are only for Republicans
The Examiner reports that these videos are still circulating and the accounts of the politicians featured in these videos are still active. Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has permanently banned President Trump on the grounds that it was necessary to avoid further violence. This came after the Capitol riot that took place on January 6th.
“I believe this was the right decision for Twitter,” Dorsey said. “We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
It ought to be noted that President Trump was banned after posting messages calling for peace. Yet, Democrats have legitimately called for violence and their accounts remain open. It’s an appalling double standard, and something needs to be done about it.