McConnell in ‘Major War’ With Twitter; GOP Committees, Campaigns, Super PACs Suspend Advertising By Patrick Goodenough for CNS News
Twitter’s decision to lock the account of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign – for posting a video showing protestors making violent threats against him – sparked an avalanche of announcements Thursday by major Republican campaign committees, super PACs, and lawmakers to buy no advertising on the social media platform.
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jesse Hunt called Twitter’s decision to suspend the @Team_Mitch account “another ridiculously hostile act toward conservatives” and announced that the NRSC will stop spending on the platform as a result.
NRSC executive director Kevin McLaughlin tweeted that Twitter had taken no action when the offensive hashtag #MassacreMitch trended on the platform for a full day.
“Someone threatens to stab the Majority Leader, @Team_Mitch posts the video and THEY get locked out.”
Parker Poling, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) – the GOP’s official House campaign arm – said that it too will halt ad spend on Twitter, and “stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias.”
Republican National Committee (RNC) chief of staff Richard Walters tweeted that both the RNC and the Trump campaign would take the same stand.
“Any future ad $ either organization was planning to spend with @Twitter has been halted until they address this disgusting bias,” Walters said.
Also signing on to a snowballing campaign were the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), the Republican Governors Association (RGA), the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the Republicans Attorneys General Association, and the Republican Party of Kentucky, McConnell’s home state.
They were joined by GOP lawmakers including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), and Reps. Sean Duffy (Wisc.), Bill Cassidy (La.)