The campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell found itself locked out of Twitter after sharing a video containing a threat made against the GOP leader that violated the social media company’s policy.
“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell,” McConnell’s campaign manager, Kevin Golden, said Wednesday in a statement. “This is the problem with the speech police in America today: The Lexington-Herald can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.”
“Twitter will allow the words ‘Massacre Mitch’ to trend nationally on their platform. But locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. The Louisville Courier Journal first reported on the suspension.
Golden said the campaign appealed, but Twitter stood by its decision to keep the account locked until the campaign removed the video, which showed a small crowd of protesters outside the Senate leader’s Kentucky home on Monday where he was recovering from a shoulder injury.
In the video, a woman could be heard saying McConnell “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-a– neck.” The protesters banged and rang bells as they chanted “liar,” “Moscow Mitch.”
The video no longer appears on McConnell’s campaign account as of Thursday morning.
A spokesperson from Twitter confirmed that McConnell’s campaign was locked out of its account.
“The user was temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Twitter policy prohibits “the glorification of violence” and states that users “may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people.”
McConnell has been facing pressure to act in the Senate in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left over 30 people dead. The video comes as members of Congress have seen an increase in threats against them this year, according to Capitol Police.