Human Events managing editor and The Post Millennial contributing editor Ian Miles Cheong was suspended by Twitter Thursday evening for a tweet that supported law enforcement using force to handle rioters in Portland, Ore.
During the time period that Cheong tweeted about, riots were declared in Portland, and many rioters and Antifa militants were arrested.
DHS reported that "federal officers came under heavy laser attack from rioters," and that "rioters also launch a roughly 10-minute-long continuous firework attack against the [Mark O. Hatfield federal] courthouse."
"Rioters started to throw explosive devices at the fence perimeter and, in addition to the use of saws and power tools, began to try and hammer bolts off the fence."
The tweet in question was a response to a video that showed a protestor with a megaphone yelling at DHS agents and cursing them, as DHS stood asking the protestors to "back up."
The protestor says "why don't you drop it," referring to the DHS agents' guns. "You gotta get permission? You gotta get permission?" The man sneers.
"Back up," the officer instructs.
Instead, the man advances, and tells the officers to "back the f*** up." He tells the agents "you guys are the problem! You, fat white man, are the problem! Why don't you go back to basic camp training and learning how to deal with f***ing people! You don't like it, do you, you don't like being called a fat little punk bitch! No, didn't think so. Every single f***ing one of you—go home!"
Cheong retweeted the video, with the comment:
"These abject losers need to eat some pepperballs. Put them in their place. Law and order."
For that, Cheong received a seven day suspension from the platform.
Cheong is appealing the suspension, arguing that there are many examples of Antifa-friendly accounts advocating for and glorifying street violence that have not resulted in suspensions on Twitter.
Cheong told The Post Millennial that "Far-left activists in Antifa post far worse comments every day—often directing violence towards me, and when I report them action is seldom taken against them for their remarks. It feels like Twitter is running cover for Antifa when it allows accounts to promote violence and calls for insurgency while silencing those on the side of the law."
Recently, Twitter flagged a tweet of President Donald Trump's that warned rioters that there would be consequences for their violent actions, labeling it as a violation of the "Twitter rules about glorifying violence."
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