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Twitter deletes ‘death threat’ from Texas lawmaker who targeted Beto O’Rourke

The Verge Friday, 13 September 2019 ()
Twitter deletes ‘death threat’ from Texas lawmaker who targeted Beto O’RourkePhoto by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Today, Twitter removed a tweet from a Republican state lawmaker from Texas for threatening the life of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, following remarks he made about gun reform during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate.

The offending tweet came from Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain. It read, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.” A Twitter spokesperson said that the “Tweet was in violation of the Twitter Rules, which prohibit violent threats.” An O’Rourke spokesperson told The Verge that the campaign reported the tweet as a threat to the FBI. It’s unclear if Twitter and the FBI were in contact regarding the decision to remove the tweet.

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