Kayleigh McEnany: Twitter Had Me At ‘Gunpoint’ By Locking My Account
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that Twitter “essentially” had her at “gunpoint” when the social media platform locker account after she shared a controversial New York Post story about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
- The Hill reported that “McEnany's account, which has more 5.7 million followers, was locked early Wednesday evening but was restored Thursday morning.”
- She told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night: "They essentially have me at gunpoint and said unless you delete this story, a news story by the New York Post, I cannot regain access to my account.”
"This was a news story with emails, pictures of the emails," McEnany said before later adding, "Even the Biden campaign does not dispute the authenticity of the emails."
"Meanwhile, the Ayatollah of Iran [has tweeted] 'death to Israel,'" she continued. "This is permitted on Twitter, but an email that is reported by the New York Post, a credible outlet, you are not allowed share that information."
The Post claimed in the story that emails show that Hunter Biden set up a meeting between his father, then the vice president, and a Ukrainian businessman on the board of Burisma Holdings, which employed Hunter Biden. Joe Biden has said he was never involved in his son's business dealings. The emails have not been independently verified.
- An official who worked for the former vice president at the time told The Washington Post that the meeting never happened and he "had never heard of the guy" before The Post's story was published.
- The Trump campaign’s Twitter account and the official account for the New York Post were also locked, according to The Hill.
- Sharing of The Post’s story was limited by both Twitter and Facebook over questions about its sourcing and accuracy.
"This is not the American way," McEnany argued during the Hannity appearance. "This is not how a freedom-loving democracy operates. We have to hold Twitter accountable, and Facebook too, who is banning the transmission of this story simply because ideologically it hurts the side of the aisle that Silicon Valley prefers. It’s sad, it’s censorship. This is not America.”