Former GOP Contestant Demands ‘Bullet Points’ in Response to Twitter Files

Users took to Twitter on Friday to raise the alarm after a former Republican House candidate called for violence in response to the so-called “Twitter files.”

Released on Friday night were the “files,” which new Twitter owner Elon Musk hyped up as a series of internal messages showing how the company’s former leadership suppressed a New York Post Story about Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 election. Shared via former Rolling Stone Author Matt Taibbi, in a long series of tweets, the news revealed that Twitter executives, unsure of the story’s source, opted early on to suppress the story in their recommendation algorithms and then blocked links to it under the company’s policy on hacked materials .

As much as Musk and others lauded the revelation, the prevailing consensus was that the files were underwhelming and didn’t shed anything that wasn’t previously known about Twitter’s handling of the story. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey even publicly called the company’s initial handling of the story “a total mistake.”

Despite this prevailing sentiment, some right-wing figures have continued to hailed the Twitter files as a major scandal. Among these figures was Shukri Abdirahman, a former Republican House candidate who ran for the party’s 5th Circuit nomination and eventually lost the primary to Cicely Davis. The 5th Circuit is currently led by progressive Democrat Ilhan Omar, who won re-election against Davis last month.

Abdirahman sounded the alarm on Friday night when, in response to Taibbi’s thread, she called for “bullets” rather than “ballots” to combat “tyranny.”

“We can no longer eliminate tyranny through ballots,” Abdirahman wrote. “Now only by bullets.”

Scores of users expressed concern about the former candidate’s tweet, as they felt it was aimed at inciting anti-government violence. Among those affected was former US Army commanding general Mark Hertling, who reported the tweet and called on others to do the same.

“I reported this tweet and I hope many others do too,” Hertling wrote. “This is a perfect example of inciting violence and hate speech… if she isn’t kicked off Twitter for it, there is no hope for this platform.”

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Above is a representative image of the Twitter logo on a shield. A former GOP House candidate raised alarm over a tweet that appeared to advocate anti-government violence in response to Elon Musk’s “Twitter files.”
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“Shukri Abdirahman, a failed Republican congressional candidate, is proposing people to take up arms in response to Matt Taibbi’s ‘Twitter Files’ thread,” wrote one user, echoing Kitty. “It got so incredibly out of hand.”

“It’s not funny anymore,” tweeted user Sitara68, also tagging the Justice Department. “This is an incitement to violence by Shukri Abdirahman. People need to start facing consequences for fomenting a civil war. Someone has to step on the gas.”

Abdirahman did not react calmly to criticism of her tweet, calling her critics “so-called Americans” and claiming the Founding Fathers supported her message.

“You so-called Americans outraged by my tweet below demanding my account be suspended should go back and read the Constitution,” Abdirahman wrote. “It’s no secret that our founders would have taken up arms and used the true purpose of the 2A to take down this tyrannical government.”

news week has reached out to the Minnesota Republican Party for comment

Among the other pieces of information included in Taibbi’s thread were messages showing that Biden’s presidential campaign had reached out to Twitter to remove certain tweets that the journalist and Musk himself considered to be in violation of the First Amendment. However, subsequent research by other reporters revealed that the removed tweets in question were sexually intimate photos and videos that appeared to have been stolen from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which would have violated Twitter’s “revenge porn” policies rather than the first change would have been protected.

It also noted that at the time the Biden campaign took to Twitter, Biden was still an unelected private citizen and did not constitute government influence. Additionally, a report by The Bulwark found that a private company lobbying a private social network to have certain content removed was not in violation of the First Amendment and that Twitter was under no obligation to comply if it didn’t want this. Former GOP Contestant Demands ‘Bullet Points’ in Response to Twitter Files

Rick Schindler

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