That was Washington D.C. ANTIFA harassing Ted Cruz and his wife as they tried to have a date night in an upscale D.C. restaurant. The group followed the Cruz's into the building, surrounded them, yelled in their faces and even surrounded their table. ANTIFA filmed the entire thing as one of their members badgered Senator Cruz with a barrage of ridiculous questions about Brett Kavanaugh. The couple eventually had to flee the restaurant.
ANTIFA was very proud of themselves. They, of course, immediately took to Twitter, claiming the entire operation in a long tweet thread which included video of the entire event. They concluded it with this:
This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you.
So to recap, ANTIFA tracked down a public figure in a public place, harassed him, yelled at both Cruz and his wife, and then used the Twitter platform to make it go viral and added in a threat to boot.
You know, we've been asking for Twitter to show us some kind of standard that users can look at to know what is or isn't a suspendable or bannable offense on their platform. It appeared we finally got that when they banned Alex Jones. When Jones was banned, Twitter claimed that he had engaged in targeted harassment when he cornered CNN reporter Oliver Darcy.
Tweets designed to threaten, belittle, demean and silence individuals have no place on this platform.
Here's a serious question for the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey. How is what ANTIFA just did to Senator Cruz and his wife any different at all to what you banned Alex Jones for? They targeted two people at a public space, harassed them, belittled, demeaned and tried to silence them. They even went a step further and added in an actual threat. This is miles worse than what Alex Jones did to Oliver Darcy. As of this morning, the Washington D.C. ANTIFA Twitter account (@SmashRacismDC) is still active.
Here's another question, but this one's to Silicon Valley or maybe to that young dreamer who's starting a tech company out of their garage. The free market is ripe to completely dethrone the social media landscape. Found a company on the basis of freedom and free speech. It's time Twitter and Facebook were pushed off their pedestal.