“No,” Warren answered Wednesday, chuckling slightly, when asked whether the president should be banned from Twitter.
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Harris has repeatedly called for Trump’s account to be shuttered amid a series of tweets concerning the whistleblower complaint against him that led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to announce an impeachment inquiry last month.
“The president’s tweets and his behavior about this are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lift people up,” Harris said on CNN Monday.
“If you look at what he’s been tweeting today directed at the whistleblower, I frankly think that based on this and all we’ve seen before, including attacking members of Congress, that his Twitter account should be suspended,” she added.
Trump, who has been accused of using his tweets to harass people in the past, has used his Twitter account to threaten “Big Consequences” for the whistleblower, who acting Director of National Intelligence Robert Maguire has said followed whistleblower laws. The Whistleblower Protection Act bars federal agencies from threatening to retaliate against whistleblowers.
Trump has also repeatedly called for the arrest of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his “parody” version, read at a hearing of the panel, of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the heart of the whistleblower report.
Warren’s fellow presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also disagreed with Harris on Wednesday, saying “we can’t just cancel or shutdown or silence those who we disagree with or who hold different views or who say things even that we strongly disagree with or abhor.”