Harris Criticizes Warren for Not Calling on Twitter to Shut Down Trump's Account

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she is surprised that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) won’t join her in calling on Twitter to shut down President Trump’s account.


“I just want to say that I was surprised to hear that you did not agree with me that on this subject of what should be the rules around corporate responsibility for these big tech companies, when I called on Twitter to suspend Donald Trump’s account, that you did not agree, and I would urge you to join me,” she said at the presidential debate on Tuesday evening on CNN.

“Because here we have Donald Trump, who has 65 million Twitter followers and is using that platform as the president of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice, and he and his account should be taken down,” she added.

Harris mentioned the shooting that happened in El Paso in August.

“We saw in El Paso that that shooter in his manifesto was informed by how Donald Trump uses that platform, and this is a matter of corporate responsibility. Twitter should be held accountable and shut down that site. It is a matter of safety and corporate accountability,” she said.


In response, Warren said, “I don’t just want to push Donald Trump off Twitter. I want to push him out of the White House. That’s our job.”

Harris told Warren to “join me in saying that his Twitter account should be shut down.”

Warren replied, “But let’s figure — no. Let’s figure out why it is that we have had laws on the books for antitrust for over a century, and yet for decades now, we’ve all called on how the big drug companies are calling the shots in Washington, big ag, how the gun industry, big tech, you know, we really need to address the elephant in the room, and that is how campaigns are financed.”



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