The Jury Talks Back

8/7/2019

Team Mitch In Twitter Jail For Posting Profane-Laced Video Of Protester In Front Of McConnell’s House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 4:54 pm

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Everyone is mad at Mitch McConnell after this weekend’s mass shootings:

Multiple Democrats, including Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, have been calling on McConnell to bring a vote to a gun control bill that was passed by Democrat-controlled House back in February. The Senate majority leader declined to bring forward the bill but said Monday that he’s willing to consider “bipartisan” solutions in the wake of the mass shootings as long as those measures don’t infringe “on Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Unfortunately, not everyone behaves rationally when angry:

Approximately 25 demonstrators stood on the sidewalk near McConnell’s Louisville home, shouting “No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA!” while others called him names like “Murder Turtle” and made loud noises by banging objects and dragging a shovel back and forth on the ground as a group of security personnel stood between the protestors and the home, WLKY reported.

“The b—- is home — we keep seeing the lights go on and off,” another protester can be heard shouting. “This h– really thought he was going to get ready to be at home after he hurt his little punk ass shoulder. B—-, don’t nobody give a f—! F–k your thoughts and prayers, Mitch. F— you, f— your wife, f— everything you stand for. ”

Louisville Metro Police told the New York Post that the demonstrators were “protesting peacefully.” The force added that they “are assisting Capitol Police.”

Team Mitch posted a video of the protests, which resulted in a suspension from Twitter:

After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville, the campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, has been locked out.

“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,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “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,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”

The critical part of the video:

Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm said in a live video of the protest that instead of falling and injuring his shoulder over the weekend, McConnell “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck.”

After a man makes a reference to a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll, Helm replied, “Just stab the m—– f—– in the heart.”

Further:

“Everybody needs to show up wherever this ho is at and make him just regret his fucking life, period,” she added.

You can watch the relevant portion beginning at the :28 mark. Obviously, Twitter has taken down the original video:

This was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitting last year that Twitter has a left-leaning bias:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Saturday that he “fully admit[s]” Twitter employees share a largely left-leaning bias after facing accusations that conservatives are discriminated against on the social media platform.

In an interview that aired Saturday on CNN, Dorsey said his company has a responsibility to be open about its political viewpoints, but to operate without bias when applying content policies to users.

“We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is … is more left-leaning,” Dorsey says.

It would be nice for users if Twitter at least made a pretense of consistency when meting out penalties. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Heh, nothing to see, just a few protesters

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–Dana

Follow-up: Joaquin Castro’s Big Mess

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 12:57 pm

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First, Joaquin Castro tried to do some clean-up this morning while defending the release of his target list:

“My post was actually a lament. If you look at my language, I said that it’s sad that these folks, many of whom are prominent business owners in San Antonio, a city that’s about 65 percent Hispanic — their customers, the people that have made them wealthy, their employees, the people that have worked for them for years, many of those folks are Hispanic. And they’re giving their money to a guy who’s running ads talking about Hispanics invading this country.”

And then there was this admonishment:

“Unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” said Castro.

Or else what?

Also, on MSNBC with Willie Geist, Castro said that he didn’t want anyone to be “harassed,” and that that had not been his “intention”:

MSNBC’s Willie Geist pointed out the risk during a Wednesday morning interview with Castro, who is the campaign chairman for his brother, 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro.

“What do you say to those people this morning who said I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed, I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home … what do you want from them?” Geist asked.

Castro said his intention was not to put anyone in danger, claiming, “I don’t want anybody harassed.”

“But they will be because you put their names in public,” Geist said.

Castro again said, “That was not my intention,” and Geist again insisted, “But that’s what will happen.”

Castro’s “intentions” don’t matter a whit. They especially don’t matter to an angry nutjob who now feels free to go after someone on the list because Castro made the task that much easier. And certainly those individuals on the list don’t care about Castro’s so-called “intentions”. All they know is that they are now in a vulnerable position because of his foolishness. He should have thought of the unintended consequences *before* publishing his target list. Also, when talking about Castro’s “intentions,” consider this: If the point of Castro’s tweet was to encourage boycotts of pro-Trump businesses, not personal threats, ask yourself why retirees were on there?

Yesterday I wondered whether Castro’s target list included any of his own supporters. It was confirmed today that, yes, it did:

One of those Trump donors even revealed he’s also been a supporter of local Democratic lawmakers—including Castro himself.

Wayne Harwell, the owner of a local real estate development company whose name appeared on the list Castro shared on Monday night, told Fox News…that he donated money to Castro’s congressional campaign. But he suggested that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame Trump supporters, he won’t be supporting Castro anymore.

“I was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, I’m not going to give money to him… Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”

According to Federal Election Commission records, Harwell donated $1,000 to Castro’s campaign in September 2011.

“I’m pretty independent, but I support Trump,” Harwell explained.

So Castro took a thousand dollar contribution from a Trump supporter. Does that make Castro a supporter of white supremacy??

Anyway, Castro, who is charged with representing everyone in his district, made one of his constituents who had donated to his campaign open to harassment. Castro should immediately return Harwell’s donation if the money is so tainted. I would also say he should also apologize to Harwell, but just the thought of suggesting it made me laugh.

–Dana

Ahead of Dayton And El Paso, Trump Claims His Rhetoric Brings People Together

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 9:13 am

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Which people would that be?

Before boarding Marine One for President Trump spoke to reporters:

Speaking before departing for El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, the site of another weekend mass shooting, Trump accused his opponents of “looking for political gain” by tying his comments to the shooting in Texas and insisted he would like to “stay out of the political fray” even as he sought to link the Dayton shooter to prominent Democrats.

“I don’t think my rhetoric does at all. I think my rhetoric brings people together. Our country is doing really well,” Trump said at the White House when asked by reporters if his comments contribute to violence.

Trump also told reporters:

“I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate. I don’t like it. Any group of hate — whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s Antifa” — a leftist group, he said. “And I’ll do something about it.”

We’ll see how well his rhetoric brings together the people of Dayton and El Paso today.

–Dana


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