Well-known and popular presidential candidates such as Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders can not control who supports them or believes in their cause no more than they can demand who dislikes them. And as with just about any politician or even celebrity, there are bound to be a few deranged individuals who choose, for some reason or another, to vow allegiance to them and them alone.
However, Sanders, and anyone else, for that matter, most definitely has a choice to encourage that behavior or dissuade their followers from acting or speaking too rashly. And for Sanders, it seems he has encouraged it and even paid for it.
One supporter of the Vermont senator was recently recorded saying some extraordinarily violent and hateful things in regards to anyone who felt that Bernie should not become our president, or in his wishes Supreme Leader, as the man is prone to believe more in communism than democracy. The man and a few other supporters had been known to “volunteer” for the Sanders’ campaign but it was recently found out that they were actually on the payroll.
So Sanders was, in fact, paying these individuals to spew out this type of rhetoric. And even if he didn’t know exactly what they were implying, it doesn’t look good for a presidential candidate to have such views being expressed through his campaign.
Prominent right-wing journalist and Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe made the discovery and posted about it on his Twitter account. A similar post by Washington Post reporter David Weigel was made, but it stated that the young man was a “volunteer” and not a Sanders employee. O’Keefe then came forward with FEC documentation that proved otherwise and publicly requested that a retraction of the Weigel’s story be made.
As Project Veritas reporter Eric Spracklen said, “Weigel said the subjects of our investigation were campaign volunteers, not true. To prove the inaccuracy, our Tweet linked to a page found on the Federal Election Commission website showing the ‘volunteer’ was in fact a paid staffer of the Sanders campaign.”
After verifying the sources, Weigel did retract his post.
But Twitter, the social media giant whose platform had been used to publicize the fight over political disinformation, must have felt that they had to get involved because shortly afterward, they suspended O’Keefe’s account.
No, not Weigel, who had spread the wrong information, but O’Keefe, the one who brought truth to light.
According to Twitter, O’Keefe violated one of their policies, namely one that prohibits the posting of other’s personal and “private information without their express authorization and permission.”
But as we noted before, the only information O’Keefe used was found on a very public website from the FEC. As Project Veritas said, “The information we reported is in the public domain, there is nothing ‘private’ about it.”
But apparently, that doesn’t really matter to Twitter. O’Keefe’s account was “locked” on Tuesday, suspended indefinitely. And as of Friday, it was still that way.
Project Veritas has sought out an explanation for this several times with no response from the social media platform.
They reported on Thursday, “UPDATE: @Twitter has still not responded to @JamesOKeefeIII appeal for reinstatement after being LOCKED for reporting an @FEC paystub of @BernieSanders campaign Kyle Jurek; information that is publicly available and easily accessible.”
What seems to be the real issue here is that O’Keefe made accusations against a presidential candidate that apparently someone within the higher-ups at Twitter supports. They don’t really care where the information came from or even if it’s true or not. What matters is if their wealthy socialist candidate wins.
And those like O’Keefe are making that harder to accomplish. After all, they can’t have people knowing that Sanders employs communist renegades hell-bent on seeing violent acts being taken out on their opponents.
To be clear, we aren’t just talking about a few punks who maybe incite a little vandalism.
These are people who passionately stated that if the DNC nominated any other candidate than Sanders, their journalists should be dragged “out by their hair and light them on fire in the streets.” They are young men who publicly applauded the acts of Soviet reeducation camps and gulags that killed millions. And those who would have no problem resorting to a 1917 Russia-like violence if they don’t get what they want.
And yet, Twitter would rather see O’Keefe silenced then these communist-pushing individuals.