What could have been done to prevent the #MAGABomber, Cesar Sayoc, from sending explosives to almost a dozen of Trump’s biggest critics, including Former President Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Kamala Harris?
Apparently, listening to a Black woman.
According to USA Today, Rochelle Ritchie, the former Press Secretary for House Democrats, reported Sayoc to Twitter TWO WEEKS before he was arrested for threatening her life after she appeared on FOX News.
One of the tweets from Sayoc’s account read: “We will see you 4 sure. Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you home.”
Another one said, “We have nice silent Air boat ride for u here on our land Everglades Swamp .We will see you 4 sure.Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you home.”
Pretty disturbing…so what did Twitter do? Apparently, not a damn thing.
They wrote her back, letting her know that Sayoc’s tweets did not violate their rules against abusive behavior. On Friday, he was apprehended by the FBI for sending explosives aimed to assassinate politicians and employees of CNN.
When Ritchie realized that the man who had been harassing her was the same man who allegedly sent these bombs, she was shocked and later angered by Twitter’s complacency.
She tweeted on Friday (October 26), “Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!!”
Ritchie expressed these same sentiments to USA Today.
“I had reported this to Twitter and they did absolutely nothing about it. What’s abusive behavior? Do I have to be found floating in the Everglades in order for this to be taken seriously? Does a bomb have to go off in order for this to be taken seriously?”
Initially Twitter claimed they couldn’t comment on Ritchie’s complaints or their taking down of Sayoc’s Twitter account because it was “an ongoing law enforcement investigation,” but on Friday evening, they issued an apology for not taking Ritchie’s concerns seriously.
“The tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed. We are deeply sorry for the error.”
Ritchie also blames President Trump for encouraging his supporters, which Sayoc was, to enact this type of violence and bigotry in our country.
“If I, as a former press secretary for Congress, can try to have some sort of responsible rhetoric when I go on conservative television or left-leaning networks, if I can frame my comments so that it does not create a hostile or volatile situation, then the president should be able to do the same,” Ritchie told USA TODAY.
“Unfortunately, he does not have that same skill set, and this is where we are now, where these people think that this is OK, and it’s absolutely not OK.”
Plenty of people took to Twitter to support Ritchie and complain about Twitter’s uneven treatment of abuse against people of color on the social media platform:
Let’s see if Twitter will actually do better.
#CancelKanye: Black Twitter Rips The Rapper For His Sunken Place Meeting With Trump
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#KanyeWest has set us back 155 years. Wish #SojournerTruth could have met him outside the White House and #FrederickDouglas inside the Oval Office.@BarackObama never would have become President with this crap.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 11, 2018
But, let’s meet #Kayne on #ElectionDay by voting for Democrats. https://t.co/nmapsl7pK3
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Are we really making a big deal about #KanyeWest dropping the F bomb in the Oval Office sitting across from the same POTUS who called black athletes ‘sons of b*tches’ and African countries ‘sh*t holes?’— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 11, 2018
Are y’all serious?!
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The last ounce of #respect I had for Kanye West just went down the #toilet. It's no longer #KanyeWest, it's Kanye Mess! And no @realDonaldTrump, You're not getting more black votes because of Kanye. You're not liked by the vast majority of #black #people! pic.twitter.com/zW1w2DkSfs— Black Republic & Co (@BlkRepublicNCo) October 11, 2018
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If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you are not alone. Many people experience similar struggles, and there are resources available to help. Kanye seek help!! 🙏🏼#kanyetrump #KanyeWest— José (@radioheadarmy) October 11, 2018
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The 14% of Black men who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 must be really proud of him and their leader Kanye today.— Kirsten West Savali (@KWestSavali) October 11, 2018
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Kanye West's disturbing Oval Office rant with Donald Trump and Jim Brown today exposed possible mental health issues, ignorance, superstition, conspiracy theories, sexism and internalized racism. pic.twitter.com/Idvujw2z8X— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 11, 2018
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Kanye is that one black friend every racist white person talks about.— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) October 11, 2018
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Trump was even shocked by how much “boot licking” Kanye was ready to do— Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 11, 2018
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People lives are destroyed in the Florida Panhandle. Pure devastation. And @RealDonaldTrump is meeting with Kanye West at The White House talking about 000000. 🙄— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 11, 2018
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Kanye West’s rhetoric is a complete misuse of influence. NOT because he supports Trump... it’s because his views lack clarity, depth and nuance. I’m especially disappointed in his distortion of the mental health conversation, especially during this week. #MIAW #BeWell— Royce White (@Highway_30) October 11, 2018
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"I don’t doubt Kanye West’s motives, he was there to talk about Chicago...crime...Stop and Frisk... I just don’t believe in anyway that Kanye West of all of the people.. If Trump thinks Kanye is the best person, that’s a big problem"- @KimberlyEAtkins w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/bQzZ42fglI— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) October 11, 2018
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I wouldn't care about Kanye West's public love and admiration for President Trump except for the fact that Trump is going to take Kanye's words as speaking for "all of the Blacks" and that can't be allowed. Kanye West doesn't represent me, what I think or how I feel. pic.twitter.com/jFd0CgVN3C— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) October 11, 2018
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The hat makes him feel like Superman. I just. What?— Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) October 11, 2018
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Kanye told y'all he stopped taking his medication how long ago?— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) October 11, 2018
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If this is where Kanye wants to be, then let him be there. Quit trying to explain Kanye to us. He’s doing a pretty good job of telling us who he is and where he wants to be. Hmmmm is this where the Kardashian’s stand also. Their time time might be up also. Just saying !!! pic.twitter.com/qWXbEn1jIh— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) October 11, 2018
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While #HurricaneMichael decimated the southeast with death & destruction, #Trump chose to meet with #Kanye at the #WhiteHouse. Only a game show host as president would think lunch with a rapper Is a bigger state of emergency than a category 4 hurricane. #TeamDl— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) October 11, 2018
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“I mean, I told you not to go in that house. I mean...” https://t.co/s5C9v2IFuF— Janet D. (@TheRealPRLady) October 12, 2018
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Chrisette Michele and Omarosa were canceled with the quickness. Y’all still hanging on to Kanye though. I’m not trying to debate but my only question is “Why is that?”— Queen. (@theraynaj) October 12, 2018
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Kanye feels like 'superman' wearing MAGA b/c he is in proximity to white male dominance. That isn't a super power, that is simply placing oneself at the top of the imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. He thinks he has a seat at the table, but he's just the ottoman— janayathefuture (@janaya_khan) October 11, 2018
A Black Woman Warned Twitter About The #MAGABomber, Sadly They Ignored Her was originally published on hellobeautiful.com