Republican leader tells Biden administration to ‘stop picking’ on Elon Musk: Kevin McCarthy says it’s ‘offensive’ for White House to be ‘keeping an eye’ on Twitter and claims it is an attack on free speech
- Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that the White House has been monitoring Twitter now that Elon Musk has taken the social media platform over
- Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted White House for saying that
- ‘That is offensive to me,’ he said. ‘The government’s gonna go after someone who wants to have free speech’
- ‘I think they should stop picking on Elon Musk,’ McCarthy added
- Since Musk’s Twitter takeover, he’s allowed a number of Trumpworld and right-wing figures back on the platform
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday blasted the White House for saying it is keeping an eye on Twitter now that Elon Musk is in control, calling the idea ‘offensive’ and accusing Presient Joe Biden of attacking free speech.
‘That is offensive to me,’ McCarthy said when asked about the matter. ‘The government’s gonna go after someone who wants to have free speech. What do they have to look at Twitter about? Do they want to go more after American public about whether they can have an opinion on something?’
His comments came in front of the West Wing of the White House after his meeting with President Biden and other congressional leaders.
‘I think they should stop picking on Elon Musk,’ McCarthy added. ‘When we talk about accountability, we will no longer let government go after people simply because of their political views.’
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted White House for saying that it was monitoring Twitter now that Elon Musk was leading the company
On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration is monitoring the social media platform, which has been undergoing rapid changes since Musk took the reins in October.
‘This is something we’re certainly keeping an eye on,’ she said. ‘We’re all monitoring what’s currently occurring.’
Jean-Pierre was asked how concerned the White House was about Twitter becoming a conduit for misinformation.
‘Look, we have always been very clear that when it comes to social media platforms, it is their responsibility to make sure that when it comes to misinformation, when it comes to the hate that we’re seeing, that they take action. That they continue to take action,’ Jean-Pierre also said.
Billionaire Elon Musk (left) touted Saturday that new signups for Twitter (right) and active users are at an all-time high. He’s allowed a number of right-wing figures back on the platform since his takeover
President Joe Biden’s White House said the administration has been monitoring Twitter now that Elon Musk has taken over the social media platform
Musk touted Saturday that new signups for Twitter and active users are at an all-time high.
The billionaire has let a number of right-wing figures back on the platform who were previously banned – including reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, who has yet to tweet from his old handle, as he currently remains faithful to his own Truth Social.
Musk also reinstated Kanye West, the rapper who’s made a number of recent anti-Semitic statements – and had dinner with Trump and known white supremacist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last week – as well as Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing figure running West’s teased 2024 presidential campaign.
In addition, a number of people in Trump’s orbit including Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Mike Lindell, Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell have been let back on the platform.
Trump was kicked off Twitter for his behavior on January 6, as a MAGA mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, and was later impeached for inciting an insurrection.
‘Social media companies have a responsibility to prevent their platforms from being used by any user to incite violence, especially violence directed at individual communities,’ Jean-Pierre also said.
Others got booted for pushing fraudulent election fraud claims in the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s 2020 win.
Musk allowed former KKK leader David Duke back on the platform after he got booted in 2020 for hateful conduct.