Newt Gingrich chastized Twitter for suspending his account when he commented about the possible rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas because of the border crisis, according to Town Hall.
“If there is a covid surge in Texas the fault will not be Governor Abbott’s comon [sic] sense reforms,” Gingrich wrote Tweeted. “The greatest threat of a covid surge comes from Biden’s untested illegal immigrants pouring across the border. We have no way of knowing how many of them are bringing covid with them.”
Twitter is becoming more aggressive in its censorship. The company locked Newt Gingrich out of his 2.2m-follower account for 'hateful conduct' unless he deleted the tweet seen below. After a week, Gingrich deleted it, sent (futile) protest to Twitter. https://t.co/BwQd4WmgE3 pic.twitter.com/oBgInjaprS
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 14, 2021
Twitter said the account was “temporarily locked for violating our hateful conduct policy.”
“Unbelievable,” said Maria Bartiromo.
“Who put these companies in charge of being the arbiter of truth? What you tweeted is absolutely true. We had a Covid threat because of all of those people who had Covid who came into the country illegally. So what’s untrue about what you said?”
From Town Hall:
Gingrich pointed out social media companies are setting themselves up for “a real populist backlash that will either make them liable to lawsuits, or have real controls over them, or break them up. I mean, Twitter’s behaving as though it’s a dictatorship and it’s not.”
Though the Biden administration has released more than 100 illegal immigrants who were COVID positive into Texas since late January, and some Texas Republicans have made claims similar to Gingrich’s, others have argued the number released is not “contributing significantly to the epidemic in Texas.”
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