Donald Trump has repeated a political, racist slur hours after his account was reactivated on Twitter.
Trump’s Twitter was deactivated by an
absolute legend employee who left their post on Thursday, resulting in the account being down for 11 minutes before it was restored.
So what has Trump gone and done? Oh yeah, he has referred to the Democrat senator Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ in reference to her Native American background. Idiot.
Mr Trump said:
Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.
He referred to Ms Warren using the racist term during his campaign trail, before he won the presidency almost a year ago now, writes the Independent.
In an unbelievably ignorant and arrogant non-apology, he told Fox News in June last year:
I do regret calling her Pocahontas, because I think it’s a tremendous insult to Pocahontas.
So to Pocahontas, I would like to apologise to you.
Users were quick to respond to the racist post:
Earlier, Twitter was forced to explain why the president’s account ‘no longer existed’ for a time.
The site initially sent out a tweet saying:
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.
The account was down for 11 minutes and has since been restored.
We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.
That was then followed by:
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.
We are conducting a full internal review.
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://twitter.com/TwitterGov/status/926238960594178048 …
During those beautiful 11 minutes, which happened shortly before 4pm Pacific time (11pm GMT), anyone trying to access Trump’s Twitter page was met with the infamous blue background, along with the message:
Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!
Despite Twitter’s show of remorse, plenty of people were calling for the company to give the employee a ‘raise’, calling them a ‘national hero’ and explaining it had been the ‘best 11 minutes’ of the year.
Here’s a look at some of the appreciation for Twitter’s error:
Trump, who joined Twitter in March 2009, has 41.7 million followers and has tweeted more than 36,000 times.
He made no mention of the incident on his Twitter account, instead choosing to tweet about ‘James Comey’s leadership’ being ‘a disaster’ and telling people he was going to be interviewed on Fox News.
There have been calls for Twitter to suspend Trump’s account, especially as he continually causes alarm when making threats to North Korea.
In September Twitter refused to take down one of his threatening North Korea tweets, suggesting the statement Trump had made was both ‘newsworthy’ and in the public interest.
In a thread, they wrote:
Some of you have been asking why we haven’t taken down the Tweet.
We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules.
Among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest.
This has long been internal policy and we’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it. We need to do better on this, and will.
Twitter is committed to transparency and keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world.
We’ll continue to be guided by these fundamental principles.
Somebody PLEASE confiscate Twitter from him. Please?