Hours after Trump retweet, Twitter account suspended
Twitter reportedly suspended an account on Tuesday night that had been retweeted by President Trump just hours earlier.
Trump on Tuesday afternoon retweeted the account, which went by the name “LYNN THOMAS” and had posted a tweet that included a graphic which called Democrats “THE TRUE ENEMIES OF AMERICA,” the Daily Beast reports.
“DEMOCRATS ARE THE ONLY ONES INTERFERING IN OUR ELECTIONS. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY SO STRONGLY OPPOSE VOTER ID,” read the tweet that accompanied the graphic.
Twitter told CNN that the account was suspended for violating its terms and conditions but did not specify which rule had been broken. The platform bans users from artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations through multiple accounts.
The account, which was created in September 2018, called itself a “Fierce Trump supporter” and said, “I’m not a bot.” It reportedly pushed QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrats murdering children, tweeting last week a meme that targeted former President Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Daily Beast reports.
Trump told C-SPAN Tuesday night that he has “not much” regret about his frequent tweeting but added that “the bigger problem are the retweets.”
“You’ll retweet something that sounds good, but it turned out to be from a player that’s not the best player in the world, that sort of causes a problem,” he said.
Trump has frequently come under fire for his tweets, including for tagging a Twitter account on Tuesday that is associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory as he renewed calls to expand voter identification laws.
The president is also under fire for a recent string of attacks against Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whom he called a “racist” and a “brutal bully.”
Twitter said last month that it would soon tag, but not remove, tweets from world leaders that violate its rules, marking a potential to affect Trump and his remarks.
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