Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) scoffed at Sen. Kamala Harris's (D., Calif.) proposal to ban President Donald Trump from Twitter.
When a reporter at MSNBC's Gun Safety Forum asked Wednesday if Twitter should ban Trump, Warren laughed and said, "no."
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Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend Trump's account in a letter released Wednesday. She argued Trump had violated the platform's user agreement, singling out several tweets concerning the whistleblower complaint about Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. She said Trump's criticisms of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry—including a tweet in which Trump quoted a pastor who warned that his ouster could cause "a Civil War like fracture" of the country—should be treated as serious threats.
"These are blatant threats. We need a civil society, not a civil war," Harris wrote. "These tweets represent a clear intent to baselessly discredit the whistleblower and officials in our government who are following the proper channels to report allegations of presidential impropriety, all while making blatant threats that put people at risk and our democracy in danger."
Warren is the latest Democrat to laugh off Harris's letter. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii), who saw her primary support surge after using Washington Free Beacon data analysis to attack Harris's record as a prosecutor, said the California senator is at odds with the principle of free speech.
"I think freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational right in our democracy," Gabbard said.
Asked if she agrees with @KamalaHarris that President @realDonaldTrump's Twitter account should be suspended, @TulsiGabbard says, "No. I think freedom of speech is something that is an important, foundational, right in our democracy." pic.twitter.com/6o1DYNVRFK
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Harris's poll numbers have sagged since her July high of about 15 percent in the RealClearPolitics poll average, where she now sits below 5 percent. But she insisted Monday she is still a "top-tier" candidate.