Twitter Will Remove Tweets That Wish Trump Dead (Allegedly)

President Donald J. Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, to board Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Minnesota. President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 one day later.

By Published on October 4, 2020

Twitter will remove tweets wishing for President Donald Trump’s death following his and first lady Melania Trump’s Thursday coronavirus diagnosis, the social media giant told Motherboard.

“Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules,” Twitter told Motherboard, which is part of Vice Media. The company added that the months-old rule applies to posts about the president, and Tweets that violate the policy will be removed.

The social media platform also added that not all tweets that appear to engage in the prohibited behavior will be targeted.

“[We] won’t take enforcement action on every Tweet,” Twitter told Motherboard. “We’re prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm.”

Zara Rahim, who identifies herself as a previous staffer for former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote “I hope he dies” in reference to Trump in a now-deleted tweet.

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Cody Johnson, a podcast host and nearly 180,000 followers, tweeted that he thinks Trump’s diagnosis is “funny” and those that agree with him should tell others that they “hope the president dies from the virus.”

Johnson’s tweet was still live as of Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, others, including left-wing figures, have wished the president well during his sickness.

“God bless the president and the first lady,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted Friday. “If you pray, please pray for their speedy and complete recovery — and for everyone infected, everywhere.”

“This virus is horrific and merciless — no one would wish its wrath on anyone,” she continued. “We must get its spread under control. Enough.”

President Obama also tweeted well wishes for the president and first lady.

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