Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also a candidate for president running for the Democratic Party’s nomination, urged the social media site Twitter to take action against President Donald Trump following a series of tweets he made on Tuesday suggesting that impeachment proceedings were a “coup” against his authority.
“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” Trump wrote in two tweets.
….People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
Harris, quoting the first of the two tweets issued by the president on the subject, tagged Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the company, suggesting in her post that it was time to take action against the president’s often controversial words on the site.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2019
An impeachment inquiry, or even impeachment hearings that come about from such an inquiry, is not a coup, which is a violent overthrow of a nation’s leaders. Rather, impeachment is a measure that’s allowed for within the U.S. Constitution that grants Congress powers to remove a president for treason, bribery, or for other “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which can include egregious actions and abuses of power.
Twitter announced in July a measure that would allow the company to place a label onto harmful tweets from world leaders, while still allowing the tweets to remain in existence for the “public’s interest” to read firsthand and determine their own opinions about it.
“There are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” the company wrote in a statement in late July. “On the rare occasions when this happens, we’ll place a notice – a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the Tweet – to provide additional context and clarity.”
So far, Trump’s tweet doesn’t appear to have such a label.
Twitter bans threats, targeted harassment, bullying, incitement of others to harass, and hateful conduct toward others’ identities. It also bans tweets that can cause harm in the real world, the Washington Post reported.