In the past, Twitter was quick to shut down accounts that advocated hate or violence towards President Barack Obama. Under the Trump presidency, however, violent threats appear to run free.
Since Donald Trump’s election, Twitter has refused to shut down anyone using the hashtags #KillTrump and #KillPence, or shut down accounts calling for President Trump’s assassination.
The #KillTrump hashtag has proven to be so popular, many are now “piggybacking” off of it. “Piggybacking” is the practice of sticking a popular hashtag on an unrelated tweet, just to get more views and followers.
One Twitter user, @JohnnyKing663, has tweeted several times about killing the President and Vice President Mike Pence. He has even claimed to be attending particular public appearances by the President, with plans to shoot him. He even tweeted this photo out.
His Twitter account is still active.
When President Trump held a rally in Florida last month, one Twitter user remarked “sadly I won’t be in Florida😭 so I can’t kill him or watch him be killed😭😭 #KillTrump.” That user’s account is still active.
Threats against Donald Trump are nothing new. In the days after the election, The New York Post reported that threats of assassination surged on Twitter.
“Trump chose the literal worst case scenario as VP so nobody would try to impeach or assassinate him,” one user posted on Twitter.
Another user wrote that the “only” remaining question after Tuesday’s historic and polarizing election is who will “assassinate” Trump, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. Some users even cited that date as a deadline for the assassination.
Other postings called for users who used the inflammatory hashtag to be contacted by authorities.
And yet, Twitter does nothing. perhaps that is because CEO Jack Dorsey is a Democrat who often tweets out in support of liberal causes.