Let’s get something straight right off the bat: We aren’t exactly fans of former Fox News talking head and current Today show poison host Megyn Kelly. She represents the ultimate in right-wing hypocrisy: she tricks people into thinking she’s ‘fighting the good fight’ while her time at Fox News was spent diving our country on racial lines, arguing that Christians in this country are persecuted and shitting on LGBTQ activism. (Head here for the receipts). But the Megyn Kelly Twitter tirade we saw on Friday morning — that was almost commendable.
Kelly’s Today show hour has all week devoted time to Hollywood’s scandal du jour, Harvey Weinstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against him. On Friday morning, Kelly’s discussion turned to Rose McGowan, who has accused the mogul of rape and has been vocal on Twitter about shining a light on the inner workings of Hollywood.
Thursday saw Twitter shut down McGowan’s account. Later, in a statement, Twitter gave the reason: that the actress had posted a phone number in a tweet, which goes against the social media platform’s policies.
So on Friday’s show, Kelly said, “One can understand Twitter’s strict adherence to the rules … rules like the ones that don’t allow one person to harass another; rules that don’t allow the incitement of harassment, or one person to threaten another. Now who do we know who’s ever done that on Twitter?”
Kelly was of course shaming Twitter for its adherence to the rules in McGowan’s case but refusing to ‘step in’ in other cases. Namely one case in particular (though she alludes to Donald Trump’s childish Twitter behavior as well): When, in August 2015, longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a post suggesting someone should ‘gut’ her.
‘Where was Twitter then?’ she basically asked her audience.
“Michael Cohen retweeted a threat directed very personally against yours truly encouraging folks — and I quote — to ‘gut’ me. To gut me. ‘We can gut her,'” she said on Friday morning.
“I remember Twitter rushing to enforce its rules,” she said sarcastically. “No, no I don’t.”
For once, Kelly has a great point. Why is Twitter only stepping in to enforce its rules sometimes? It often seems neo-Nazis and right-wingers are able to spout hate and violence, and no bigger culprit of online bullying and harassment exists than the man at the head of the table: President Donald Trump.
At this point, Twitter has made rather clear that it will never take tweeting off the table for Trump, despite him literally threatening death to millions — in the form of bombing North Korea — through the platform.
For a robust look at why Twitter should in fact ban Donald Trump, check out Mike Monteiro breaking it down, point by point.
But “We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules,” Twitter said in a series of tweets on Sept. 25. “Among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest.”
Basically, Trump can continue to incite violence, spew nonsense and harass private citizens of the country he serves, consequence-free.
“Who’s Twitter kidding, right? Give me a break,” Kelly said. “Twitter, do better. Do better.”