Sheriff Clarke Twitter suspension highlights attacks on Conservative tweets
WASHINGTON, January 02, 2018: Trump supporter and former Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke was temporarily suspended from Twitter after he made what Twitter believed was threats of violence against the media.
Sheriff Clarke Tuesday morning Tweet:
“Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood,” he wrote above a photoshopped image showing him in a wrestling ring, kicking the CNN logo as President Donald Trump holds “CNN” in place.
CNN reported Clarke’s Tweet
Sheriff David Clarke has been a strong and frequent surrogate for President Donald Trump. Clarke sent out two other tweets which were also removed from his stream. The tweets were sent out in response to a Friday story about a search warrant request for Clarke’s emails.
The request was part of a previous investigation into his staff’s alleged harassment of an airline passenger who shook his head at Sheriff Clarke.
The case was dropped by the prosecution.
Conservatives get extra scrutiny from Twitter
Twitter initially determined that Clarke’s tweets did not violate its rules against abusive behavior. By Monday evening, however, Twitter officials had reversed course, stating that they had locked Clarke’s account because it was “in violation of the Twitter Rules.”
Twitter has come under fire previously for the way it seems to target Conservative accounts. In The Hill’s article, How Facebook, Twitter silence conservative voices online
“Is there a problem of anti-conservative bias in the social media? And if so, what’s the answer?
It should be noted that Trump is not a standard conservative — indeed, many conservatives say he’s not a conservative at all — and plenty of people on the right have denounced his proposed Muslim ban. But this is far from the only instance in which major social media platforms have been accused of political censorship toward right-leaning content.”
Clarke back on Twitter
After Clarke was reported for his threatening tweets, Twitter placed his account in read-only mode, until he deleted the three questionable tweets. After he deleted the tweets, David Clarke was able to get his tweeting privileges back.
Sheriff David Clarke served as Milwaukee County sheriff from 2002 until August when he abruptly resigned to go to work for the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action as a spokesman and senior adviser. He has also begun a new company called DAC Enterprises, based in Maryland.