Former Minnesota GOP congressional candidate Shukri Abdirahman released a call for “bullets” in response to newly released internal documents from Twitter.
Abdirahman, who was running for the GOP nomination for Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district earlier this year, sparked controversy and made national headlines for her tweet.
“We can no longer get rid of tyranny with ballots. It’s only possible with bullets now,” the tweet said.
Abdirahman’s tweet came in response to author Matt Taibbi, who posted a thread on behalf of Twitter owner Elon Musk about the social media platform’s decision in 2020 to allow access to a New York Post story of dubious origin via the laptop by Hunter Biden to throttle. Son of then presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The article contained unverified allegations that Hunter Biden had attempted to set up a meeting between his father, Joe Biden, and a Ukrainian executive at a company he worked for in 2015.
The decision to restrict access to it on Twitter was reversed a few days later, according to The Washington Post, with Taibbi’s thread showing internal debate within Twitter over the decision to remove the article.
As much of this had previously been reported, Taibbi’s thread focused on what appears to be a new revelation that the Biden team was asked to remove a series of links shared on Twitter, which turned out to be illegally posted nude photos led images of Hunter Biden.
Musk dubbed the release of these documents the “Twitter Files” and claimed it demonstrated the company’s “suppression of free speech.”
Conservatives have jumped on Taibbi’s thread as evidence of First Amendment violations and political involvement in Twitter, even though Twitter is a private company, the images violated Twitter’s Terms of Service because they were obtained and shared without consensual consent, and Joe Biden was it not then member of government.
The same Taibbi thread mentioned that the then Trump White House also flagged certain tweets that were “received and honored” by Twitter.
Abdirahman also called Twitter’s actions “treason” and the “real uprising,” referring to the January 6, 2021 effort by a right-wing group of protesters to overthrow the presidential election.
Abdirahman, who previously served in the US Army and, like Omar, is a Somali refugee, finally failed to stand in the Republican primary in August. Omar defeated opponent Cicely Davis in November with nearly 75% of the vote.