Senator Kamala Harris has upped the ante in her campaign rhetoric targeting the president, calling on Monday night to have Twitter suspend Trump's account over comments he made regarding the Ukraine scandal whistleblower.
Speaking to Anderson Cooper on CNN, Harris said, "Frankly, when you look at what he’s been tweeting today directed at the whistleblower... his Twitter account should be suspended. I think there is plenty of... evidence to suggest that he is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people. And so the privilege of using those words in that way should probably be taken from him."
Many, many people have made similar calls for Twitter to discipline Trump for his false, misleading, and sometimes outright threatening rhetoric, but Twitter has consistently stood by the belief that the public record of the president's words is more important to maintain than the platform's own rules.
Cooper asked Harris how she thought the public would react to Twitter silencing the president, and she said, "If he’s not going to exercise self-restraint, then, perhaps, there should be other mechanisms in place to make sure that his words do not, in fact, harm anyone. And that’s my point. What we want to make sure is that his words do not actually result in harm to anyone."
Trump has said that the whistleblower, who has been revealed to be a CIA agent, is "close to a spy," and has insisted that he should be allowed to meet his "accuser." Trump has further railed against the whistleblower complaint as "fake news," and he spent much of last weekend tweeting and retweeting about the latest threat to his presidency, posting around 100 times on the platform.
As CNN reports, on Thursday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings issued a joint statement condemning the president's Twitter threats. "The President's comments... constitute reprehensible witness intimidation and an attempt to obstruct Congress' impeachment inquiry. We condemn the President's attacks, and we invite our Republican counterparts to do the same because Congress must do all it can to protect this whistleblower, and all whistleblowers. Threats of violence from the leader of our country have a chilling effect on the entire whistleblower process, with grave consequences for our democracy and national security."
Harris has, since the most recent debate of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race, been focusing her attacks on the president, apparently trying to make the case for her ability to go toe to toe with him on the national stage, if and when the time came.