MSNBC’s Hayes presses Kamala Harris on her call to remove Trump’s Twitter account

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes pressed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to explain whether it was justified to force a private company like Twitter to take a “platform away” from President Trump.
Hayes’s questions came after Harris got into an exchange with Sen. Elizabeth Warren after the Massachusetts Democrat declined to get behind Harris’s effort to pressure Twitter into deleting Trump’s account. 
{mosads}“There is not a part of you, civically, constitutionally, that is concerned about the precedent of a private company taking the platform away from the president of the United States or some other elected official?” asked Hayes after Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Ohio.

“Free speech does not condone or protect threats to the safety of other human beings. And so that is what we are talking about. Like, let’s be really clear what we’re talking about, because this can go into some abstract law school debate. But the reality of it is, we’re talking about Donald Trump weaponizing Twitter in a way that could result in real consequence, including death. And we have to take that seriously.”

“Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?” Hayes then asked.

“Absolutely,” Harris added while comparing Trump to a “2-year-old with a machine gun” on Twitter.

The former California attorney general has been calling for Trump to be banned from the platform.

But Twitter has maintained it will not block Trump.

“Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation,” the company wrote in January 2018. “Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.”
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” Twitter also said. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”
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