A Message From Twitter Appeared Right Above a Hate-Filled Trump Tweet in a User's Timeline, and People Can't Believe the Timing

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In real estate they say location is everything. In media it's timing.

So it was a moment of kismet for Miles Kahn executive producer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee—of the "Ivanka Trump is a feckless c..." fame—to sign into Twitter at the moment he did.

There at the top of his feed was a tweet by a certain someone just under a notice from the Twitter Gods for everyone to play nice. Because they have rules.

Twitter's missive read:

"Support a culture of respect on Twitter"
"Did you know fewer than 1% of people on Twitter produce most of the Tweets that break our rules against abuse? Please take a look at our rules to know what is and isn't allowed."

And directly below that notice on Kahn's feed?

People thought maybe they found one of the 1%.

In the definition of irony, a tweet attack by President Donald Trump targeting MSNBC's Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Although that presidential post was mild compared to his last several weeks.

President Trump called a Black Congressman a racist because Representative Elijah Cummings subpoenaed records the White House refused to show the House Oversight Committee concerning potential illegal activities by his daughter and son-in-law.

This followed calling mostly minority neighborhoods—where his son-in-law owns rental properties—a place no human being would live.

As well as telling four Congresswomen of color that they came from horrible countries—they're all US citizens—and should go back where they came from which lead to chants of the same at a MAGA rally.

While many got a good laugh from the timing on Kahn's Twitter feed, others saw it as an indictment of Twitter's practices.

In June, Twitter announced their stance on world leaders who violate the platform's terms of service. In the coming months, tweets from world leaders that violate the rules will be flagged with a warning and lose reach, but not be removed.

But they ask everyone else to support a culture of respect.

Learn about respect with The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library: Coloring Book, available here.

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Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.

The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.

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In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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