Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) faced a torrent of death threats and abuse on Twitter following her declaration that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and her remarks in defense of the presumption of innocence. So far, Twitter has taken no action, allowing the threats against a sitting Senator to remain on the platform.
Multiple Twitter users said they wished to “punch” Sen. Collins.
At least one tweeter called for her death.
Others simply bombarded Sen. Collins with abuse.
Smelly, smelly GOP c*nt
— Shelly (@shmadge) October 6, 2018
@SenatorCollins is a feckless c*nt who has determined her legacy as a supporter of sexual predators and voted her party of hate over truth and justice. May she rot in hell
— Harlan (@HarlanDG) October 6, 2018
Twitter has been slow to respond to death threats against Republicans in the past, at times taking weeks to remove the threatening content. The platform’s double standards can also be seen in the way it handles complaints of abuse against conservatives and individuals linked to conservatives.
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