Sen. Toomey calls on Twitter CEO to release HUD nominees’ tweets

[**]Sen. Pat Toomey is looking on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to help in recovering since-deleted incendiary tweets selling the “Defund the Police” motion and propagating conspiracy theories made by two Biden administration Department of Housing and Urban Development nominees. [***]

[**]In a letter despatched to Dorsey on Thursday, Toomey (R-PA) argued that previous tweets made by HUD assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development nominee Mark Colón, who at present serves as president of the Office of Housing Preservation at NY State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), and HUD assistant secretary for Policy Development and Research nominee Solomon Greene might present very important info wanted for the panel to totally assesses whether or not the people are match to serve within the positions. [***]

[**]The Pennsylvania Republican mentioned the posts — which embrace Colón referring to GOP senators as “clowns” and referring to former President Trump as a “P[***]y A[**] B[***]h” — raises considerations in regards to the nominees’ character and feels the committee wants entry to all previous content material to totally consider their {qualifications}. [***]

Mark Colon tweet referring to Susan Collins as a clown.
Mark Colon’s tweet referring to Susan Collins as a clown.

[**]“As the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (Committee) —the Senate Committee responsible for vetting HUD nominees — I am concerned by tweets, including deleted tweets, made by these nominees. The content of these tweets raise serious concerns about Mr. Colón’s and Mr. Greene’s policy views, as well as their character, temperament, and fitness for office.” he wrote, noting his workers was in a position to entry some, however not all the deleted content material utilizing the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. [***]

[**]“Because these recent, formerly public statements by Mr. Colón and Mr. Greene are likely to shed light on how they would carry out their duties at HUD, it is critical that  Senators on the Committee quickly receive this deleted information from Twitter to allow us to fully evaluate these nominations to senior leadership positions in the federal government.” [***]

[**]Toomey mentioned that Colón’s frequent use of the social media platform to disparage Republican public figures and their viewpoints “while serving as a public housing official in New York to routinely mock and attack others with whom he disagrees, propagate baseless conspiracy theories, and exhibit other divisive and unprofessional behavior” might probably be disqualifying for him to serve within the function. [***]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is being requested to release extra deleted tweets.
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[**]He went on to cite a number of examples of inflammatory feedback which ranged from alleging a feminine Fox News anchors’ face doesn’t transfer to referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as “Moscow Mitch.” [***]

[**]“Mr. Colón has routinely tweeted disparaging comments about U.S. Senators, U.S. House members, Cabinet officials, Republican voters, and news anchors, among others. For instance, he tweeted that he sees Trump voters as ‘deplorables’ and called Republican Senators who intended to vote to acquit President Trump in his first impeachment trial ‘traitors.’ He mocked Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and other Republicans in a tweet referring to them as ‘clowns,’ referred to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as ‘Senator Snagglepuss’ and ‘#SenatorShameless,’ and called Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) ‘Senator Jellyfish,’” the letter mentioned. [***]

[**]“… On multiple occasions in now deleted tweets, Mr. Colón referred to the President of the United States as a “P[***]y A[**] B[***]h.” On different  events, he referred to the President as ‘#PresidentDumbA[**]’ and claimed he’s solely semi literate. He tweeted that President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, is pondering, “I wish dad loved me or, at least, remembered my name” and referred to the President as ‘#PresidentDaddyNeverLovedMe’ and ‘#PresidentLookWhoLovesMe.’  He known as the  President ‘#PresidentSharpieA[**]B[***]h,’ ‘‘#PresidentLessThanZero,’ and  ‘#PublicEnemyNo1.’”[***]

Mark Colón
Sen. Toomey went on to allege Mark Colón “routinely used Twitter to propagate destructive conspiracy theories.”
Mark Colon's tweet calling Sen. Marco  Rubio "Senator Jellyfish."
Mark Colon’s tweet calling Sen. Marco Rubio “Senator Jellyfish.”

[**]Toomey went on to allege Colón “routinely used Twitter to propagate destructive conspiracy theories,” citing a retweet “insinuating that seven sitting U.S. Senators and a  member of the U.S. House of Representatives—Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Thune (R-SD), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Steve Daines (R MT), and John Hoeven (R-ND), and Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) — were Russian stooges because they took a trip to Russia during the Fourth of July,” whereas the lawmakers had been on a CODEL, and retweeted a publish alleging Trump didn’t win the 2016 election. [***]

[**]The Pennsylvania Republican mentioned Colón’s tweets voicing assist for defunding the police warrant additional analysis by the committee earlier than he could be confirmed. [***]

[**]“Moreover, like Mr. Colón, Mr. Greene has tweeted controversial and troubling comments from his Twitter account, including support for defunding the police. For example, on May 30, 2020, Mr. Greene tweeted ‘No More Money for the Police’ along with a quote saying: ‘Here’s another idea: Imagine if the money used to pay the salaries of police officers who endlessly patrol public housing buildings and harass residents can be used to fund plans that residents design to keep themselves safe.’” [***]

Solomon Greene
“Moreover, like Mr. Colón, Mr. Solomon Greene (above) has tweeted controversial and troubling comments from his Twitter account, including support for defunding the police,” Sen. Toomey mentioned.
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Former U.S. president Donald Trump was banned from Twitter after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Former president Donald Trump was banned from Twitter after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
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[**]Toomey known as for Twitter to present the deleted tweets to the committee by June 3.[***]

[**]The controversial tweets might show to be problematic within the affirmation course of for the nominees. Earlier this 12 months, Biden withdrew Neera Tanden’s nomination to be White House funds director after inflammatory social media posts emerged. [***]

[**]Tanden was finally tapped to function a senior advisor within the White House, a place that does require Senate approval. [***]

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