“It is ‘clear’ that the hypocritical Twitter censorship of President Trump – and not of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – is about the next presidential election in November,” State Department envoy Ellie Cohanim said on Friday.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Cohanim explained that she was born in Iran and that her family had to leave the country during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the rise of anti-Semitism.
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“So I can tell you that I personally understand the threat that … Ayatollah Khamenei poses to the Jewish people and the world,”; she noted.
Cohanim, the special envoy who fights anti-Semitism, said the social media giant’s double standard is exposed as they continue to give a platform to a “despot” who has called for genocide and, instead of to that, censor Trump.
“The hypocrisy is so stupid and it becomes clear to me, Pete, that this is only about one thing and one thing and that it is the elections that are coming to the United States on November 3,” she told Friends, the host. Pete Hegseth.
On Wednesday, Twitter defended its decision to flag President Trump’s tweet about violent demonstrations but not Iran’s calls for violence against Israel, suggesting to the Israeli legislature that the latter fall under its protection for ” commentary on the political issues of the day “.
“So the call for genocide is okay, but to comment on politics is not it?” Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh asked Ylwa Pettersson on Twitter.
Pettersson responded by suggesting that Trump risked provoking violence, an obvious reference to his post about the ongoing unrest over the death of George Floyd. She added that Twitter did not completely remove the post because it wanted to ensure “citizens see what their political figures are commenting on and hold them accountable for what they say online.”
“I think what has come up again and again through different examples is actually a sense of double standards, and I would look to Twitter and other online platforms to make sure … that there is no standard of double in application, “replied Cotler-Wunsh.
In a statement to Fox News, a Twitter spokesman echoed Pettersson’s claims.
“Direct interactions with other public figures, comments on current political issues or shocking foreign policy … are usually not contrary to the Twitter Rules,” they wrote on Thursday. “However, if a Tweet from a world leader does not violate the rules of Twitter, but has a clear value of public interest in keeping Tweet in service, we can place it after a notification that provides context for the violation …”
“Pete, you know, I’ll tell you something. They never – not once has there been any consequence of Khamenei ‘s hatred and vitriol that is all over Twitter,” Cohanim responded. “His vitriol goes back to 2014 when he gave a nine-step plan to eliminate Israel.
“What is it that Donald Trump has been trying to do?” she asked. “He has tried to communicate with the American people about advances in medical care with COVID. He has tried to talk to the American people about maintaining our safety and security. And, for that, he is being censored.”
Cohanim noted that as a legal immigrant, she came to America for “freedom” and “freedom.”
“What these social media companies are doing is that they are behind our very thought process. They are like the thought police. They are trying to restrict our freedom,” she said.
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“They are trying to limit our ability to be free Americans. And, what President Donald Trump is doing is that he is fighting for our freedom,” Cohanim concluded.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.