Twitter suspends CBP head for border wall tweets: The Federalist
Twitter has reportedly suspended the account of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for allegedly violating its hateful content policy after he attempted to tweet a statement about the border wall on the southern U.S. border, The Federalist is reporting exclusively.
The Federalist‘s Thursday report says that it obtained screenshots that were exclusively shared with the outlet and tell the story. According to these screenshots, Twitter suspended Morgan’s account for attempting to publish a tweet that was supportive of the border wall because it apparently going against its hateful content policy.
The first screenshot showed the offending tweet, which contained an image of the wall being constructed and tagged the accounts of CBP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, read: “.@CBP & @USACEHQ continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country.”
“It’s a fact, walls work,” he added.
The particular part of Twitter’s policy that this tweet supposedly violated, as mentioned in an email from the social media site explaining the suspension, was: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
In breaking down this reason given by Twitter, The Federalist’s Tristan Justice writes that the tweet does not violate any of the guidelines listed in the email.
“As is clear from the banned post’s text,” Justice wrote, “the commissioner did not threaten anyone based on race, national origin, or anything else.”
What makes this suspension odd, though, is that Morgan has tweeted statements with somewhat similar messaging, as Justice pointed out in another area of his article. Most of these tweets cited are Morgan retweeting CBP announcements about significant arrests that it had made.
One of these other tweets, which retweeted one announcement that 12 sex offenders had been arrested, said: “This is @CBP keeping America safe. 12 predators that didn’t make it to our communities!”
Morgan also spoke to The Federalist about this situation.
“If you look at the tweet in question again,” he opined, “every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, and pedophiles from entering our country. It’s just a fact.”
According to him, Twitter never consulted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the wall’s efficacy before suspending him.
He then criticized Twitter, specifically whomever the official was that flagged the tweet, for imposing their ideology on the American people, he claimed.
“I’m sure somebody on that Twitter team has heard that everyone that illegally enters are just good people looking for a better way of life,” he said. “The American people ultimately don’t get to hear the truth because someone at Twitter, based on their own ideology, pushed a button to prevent the truth from coming out.”
As the end of Tristan Justice’s piece nears, citing a DHS report, Justice claims that the reason why border crossings have fallen by 50% since 2019 is because of the wall.
Already, this exclusive story is gaining some traction. Avid anti-censorship advocate, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), for example, tweeted the story on Wednesday and said: “Now @Twitter is suspending law enforcement officials for discussing border security – you can’t make this stuff up”.
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