Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook haven’t wasted time in booting users who they perceive to be promoting violence from their platforms in the wake of a riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five dead earlier this month. But if it wasn’t clear already, a recent tweet from an A-list celebrity has shown that when the inciting is done by those on the left, accountability is nowhere to be found.
According to Fox News, liberal actor Alec Baldwin said in a shocking and horrifying tweet Friday that he had a “dream” in which “a noose was hung from a makeshift scaffold” as President Donald Trump faced prosecution on charges of “sedition.”
Two days later, the tweet remains up on Baldwin’s profile, despite the violent imagery it invoked.
Baldwin’s big dream
According to Breitbart, the tweet was posted on the birthday of late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the actor seemed to put a deranged spin on the civil rights icon’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech, writing: “I had a dream Trump was on trial for sedition.”
The account that shared the tweet also represents the actor and his wife’s Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, and it has more than 1 million followers, Breitbart noted.
I had a dream Trump was on trial for sedition.
And outside the courthouse, a noose was hung from a makeshift scaffold.
The noose was made of recycled Covid masks.
— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) January 16, 2021
Responses to the actor’s tweet were somewhat of a mixed bag; while some of the president’s critics seemed to revel in Baldwin’s rhetoric, others called him out for his inappropriate remarks.
“How has this insane man not been reported to the FBI and Secret Service?” lawyer and former New York political candidate Manny Alicandro wrote in one reply, according to Breitbart.
A double standard nightmare
Of course, this is far from the only time Baldwin has written about harm coming to the president in a tweet — nor is it the most egregious example. The Washington Examiner reported late last month that, in another post on Twitter, the actor had detailed a number of markedly violent ways the sitting president could be forcibly removed from office, if he was unwilling to go on his own.
“Pepper spray? Cuffs? A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen?” Baldwin suggested in a Dec. 20 tweet that also has not been removed from the platform. “Just whale away on him like a piñata? Rodney King style?”
Who arrests Trump if he refuses to concede?
Who drags him out?
Pepper spray? Cuffs?
A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen?
Does he wheeze “I can’t breathe.”
Just whale away on him like a piñata?
Rodney King style?
The thug who has destroyed the country. What does he deserve?
— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) December 20, 2020
It remains to be seen whether Twitter will ever take action to curb the suggestions of violence against President Trump — but given that Baldwin leans just as hard to the left as the censorship overlords in Silicon Valley, I wouldn’t place my bets on it.