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David Clarke Suspended From Twitter After Threat To 'Lying Lib Media'

David Clarke Suspended From Twitter After Threat To 'Lying Lib Media'

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke served a brief stint in Twitter jail for using his account to encourage violence in violation of the platform's terms of service.

According to Talking Points Memo, Clarke's anger was triggered by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sought a warrant to search a Gmail account belonging to him, in order to investigate whether he had used his office to improperly detain a man who had shaken his head at Clarke on a plane. The warrant was related to a charge made by a 24-year old man whose "crime" was to see Clarke on his flight, ask him if he indeed was Sheriff Clarke, then walk away, shaking his head.

Clarke regained full access to his account only after deleting three offending tweets, including one encouraging his followers to hit the "LYING LIB MEDIA" in the face.

CNN reported Tuesday that Clarke, a frequent surrogate for President Donald Trump, was placed in read-only mode until he deleted several tweets, including one in which he threatened to punch the media "in the nose" and "make them taste their own blood".

In a separate tweet, Clarke boasted about "getting under the skin of lefties" and threatened to "smack [liberals] around" until they "crawl [ed] back to [their] mom's basement". I will stand and fight for truth and what I believe is right. "You come at me libs you better bring a hard hat, some aspirin and your veggie wrap because it's going to be a long day and I'm going to smack you around until you crawl back to your mom's basement".

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A Mediaite tipster contacted us to let us know they had reported the tweet.

"I will NOT be Intimidated into silence by LYING LIB MEDIA. We won't have any further details to share". Twitter said no violation of rules. "If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Clarke's account was not taken down, but he was barred from tweeting during that time". "Diaper change time", he tweeted after he was unblocked by Twitter. The company has been working on a new verification program after facing backlash for granting white supremacists blue checkmarks. That edited video was not removed, and Trump's account was not suspended. Spencer, as well as a number of other white nationalist, neo-Nazi, and right-wing extremist accounts, had their blue verification badges revoked.

Twitter confirmed with Mashable that the email was authentic but declined to comment more on the incident, citing privacy reasons.


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