Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) received a personal phone call from Jack Dorsey this week. The purpose for the call from Twitter’s CEO was to explain why President Trump’s tweet about Omar has not been removed from the social media platform. Apparently, Rep. Omar has been receiving death threats, and she blames the president’s tweet. According to the Washington Post, the congresswoman has been lobbying Twitter to take Trump’s tweet down.
As a refresher: in the aftermath of Ilhan Omar’s reprehensible comments about 9/11, the freshman congresswoman has received much criticism, and deservedly so. Responding to her dismissive statement about the tragic terrorist attack that “someone did something,” the New York Post ran a front page picture of the Twin Towers engulfed in flames with the caption, “Here’s Your Something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.” As is not only his right but his responsibility as the president of this country, Donald Trump responded to the disrespectful comments made by Omar by tweeting a video of Omar’s words with the comment, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
To his credit, Dorsey has refused Omar’s demands and Trump’s tweet remains on Twitter. Dorsey is insisting that the tweet doesn’t violate the company’s rules. The Washington Post went on to report that Dorsey “also pointed to the fact that the tweet and video already had been viewed and shared far beyond the site.”
Frankly, that last bit sounds like a bit of capitulation to Omar on Dorsey’s part — an “I agree but it’s too late to do anything about it anyway.” However, if it’s true that President Trump’s tweet doesn’t violate Twitter’s rules (and it clearly doesn’t), then there was no need for the added caveat. To be fair to Dorsey, though, he is in between a rock and a hard place. He’s got to be careful not to further provoke the ire of one of the left’s coronated future dictators of the United States.
There’s coming a day when he may find himself standing in line at the guillotine waiting for his head to be lopped off because he refused to bow to Omar’s demand that he remove Trump’s tweet.