As Twitchy reported, lefties like film producer Judd Apatow and author Patrick S. Tomlinson reported former sheriff David Clarke, Jr. to Twitter last week for terms of service violations after Clarke posted a photoshopped image of himself kicking CNN’s logo in a wrestling ring.
CNN reports that the now-deleted tweet “featured a graphic of Trump’s face superimposed on that of a wrestler holding another wrestler labeled ‘CNN,’ while Clarke’s face was superimposed on a wrestler who is kicking ‘CNN’ in the face.”
— Jubal E. Harshaw (@alimhaider) January 2, 2018
Tomlinson and Apatow both called the tweet a threat of physical violence against members of the media, and Twitter seems to have agreed, putting Clarke in Twitter time-out until he deleted three tweets found to violate Twitter’s terms of service, which state that users “may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.”
Twitter deemed 3 of Sheriff Clarke's tweets — including his "attack" on CNN — in violation of terms of service, put him in "read-only" mode until he deleted them.https://t.co/jn6Wwp9Lq9
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 2, 2018
Could Clarke tone down the rhetoric just a tad? Probably. But we at Twitchy have covered plenty of death threats against specific individuals — not just, in Clarke’s words, the “LYING LIB MEDIA” — and there really does seem to be a total lack of consistency on Twitter’s part.
And it looks like Twitter’s going to have to ban Clarke outright if this is the way it’s going to be:
Nothing like getting under the skin of lefties like I did today. I fight to win. 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. pic.twitter.com/CgmrRiBp8Y
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 31, 2017
Unlike the meme with the CNN logo, that one wasn’t deleted, but we imagine plenty of liberals reported it as well. Let’s just see if Twitter is serious about cracking down on every wish for harm against a group of people.