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Twitter suspends CBP head for border wall tweets: The Federalist

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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”.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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