Twitter reactivated the account of a reactionary blogger that tweeted “Run them down” in response to the civil unrest that hit Charlotte, North Carolina, after a police killing Tuesday.
Twitter users erupted in outrage after the tweet, prompting the social media company to suspend the account—which then spurred more protest and the hashtag #FreeInstapundit, a reference to the blogging name of Glenn Reynolds, a columnist for USA Today.
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Reynolds said he tweeted “perhaps a little too pithily” but argued it was justified on such a limited platform, where posts are limited to 140 characters. Hewitt asked if he would have added context on reciprocity, such as, “If threatened, you can run them down,” to which Reynolds answered, “I mean, I guess.”
Reynolds claimed in a blog post Wednesday that he was only calling for killing protesters in self-defense. “Driving on is self-preservation,” he wrote, “especially when we’ve had mobs destroying property and injuring and killing people.”
Unrest over police brutality broke out in Charlotte after police killed Keith Lamont Scott, who cops claim was carrying a gun but who his family says was unarmed. Police are refusing to release videos of the incident.
When his account was back, Reynolds smugly retweeted other instigations to violence on Twitter to show they were not blocked. He has previously raised eyebrows for comments such as declaring Black Lives Matter an “overtly racist movement.”
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