President Donald Trump’s tweet about the size of his nuclear button rattled much of Twitter Tuesday night, to the point where it sent Neera Tanden’s teenage daughter into a panic about nuclear war with North Korea (not unlike how The New York Times’ Charles Blow was triggered last August by Trump’s promise of “fire and fury” should Kim Jong Un try anything).
Vox founder Ezra Klein didn’t say he was sent into a panic, but he did wonder if “increasing the risk of nuclear war” could get Trump kicked off of Twitter.
Does "increasing the risk of nuclear war" violate the Twitter terms of service?
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 3, 2018
All signs point to no. https://t.co/1sG0G987h7
— Touré (@Toure) January 3, 2018
I got suspended for a day for this back in 2015 https://t.co/fQl0tC54Pg
— DaveinTexas (@DaveinTexas) January 3, 2018
TWITTER'S TERMS OF SERVICE ARE NOT SOME SORT OF HOLY SCRIPTURE, YOU FREAK https://t.co/6aonHFBQfN
— Ebolamerican Forever #ShallNotCensor #PardonClint (@ebola_merican) January 3, 2018
It really, really seems — especially since former sheriff David Clarke got put in time-out — that getting Trump banned from Twitter is the new getting Trump impeached. The more remote that goal seems, the more desperate people seem to be hoping a terms of service violation will fill in the hole in their lives.
To all you members of Congress who wish you could stop Trump from tweeting: You can't. But you can stop him from tweeting as president of the United States. https://t.co/St9uRnmcPB
— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 3, 2018
twitter has a chance to potentially save literal humanity but… idk…. that might show bias idk idk https://t.co/YtBOZW7leu
— Luke Braun (@spokenflow22) January 3, 2018
— M. Walton (@onsparklingform) January 3, 2018
— Elijah Lynn (@ElijahLynn) January 3, 2018
Per my comments on AC360 an hour ago ??. The people have questions!!! https://t.co/QMNFu9PzzQ
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) January 3, 2018
— Brian Reymann (@BrianReymann) January 3, 2018
— PhilBildner (@PhilBildner) January 3, 2018
I really don’t understand what kinds of terms @Twitter is waiting to be violated at this point.
It feels like they’re scared of him or something. https://t.co/DRl0KfB677
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) January 3, 2018
Shut down his acct.
Shut him up.
Remove him from power. https://t.co/ABCSywcaK1
— Nikib313 (@Nikib313) January 3, 2018
Straightforward from here.
I reported him for threatening someone else. Then I reported him again for threatening ME! And my family. And the whole damned world. https://t.co/T3Gq2NQlax
— Gloria Miele, Ph.D. (@GloriaMiele) January 3, 2018
Good for you. Look for the UPS truck with your Nobel Peace Prize any day now.
Now that we think of it, didn’t Klein ask about “increasing the risk of nuclear war”? If that’s the case, a rather childish Trump tweet certainly can’t compare to, say, sending pallets of cash to a terrorist regime bent on developing nukes.
Probably not. Twitter didn't ban Obama and team for lying about the Iran nuclear deal, after all. https://t.co/5nHrKZWns8
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2018
Boom. Might as well throw the Clinton administration in there as well.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 3, 2018
Ben Rhodes would be screwed https://t.co/SEvtO42Ycz
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) January 3, 2018
This really is tedious. You know Kim Jong Un has been trying to de-escalate things for a while, but what’s he to do when Trump keeps on tweeting?
Standard liberal playbook. Silence speech and positions you disagree with. https://t.co/Bkaa8ozq9B
— John Thomas (@TheThomasGuide) January 3, 2018
For years they said this about Reagan…. Crickets when the Soviet Union collapsed and he ended the nearly 45 year cold war. The left will never learn. https://t.co/iYxXdJOtIL
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) January 3, 2018
Some advice for Klein and company:
Please, for your sanity, take a few days off. Visit an island. Relax. https://t.co/EqMEdRE5KA
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) January 3, 2018