A California Democrat who lost his 2020 bid for Congress tweeted Candace Owens, a black woman, an image of a Ku Klux Klan hood. When she reported his actions to Twitter, the social site responded that the hateful image did not violate platform rules.
The exchange began on Monday when Owens, a prominent conservative author and political commentator, blasted two liberal activist organizations.
“The #1 violent offenders against black people are other black people. The #1 violent offenders against Asian Americans are also black people,” Owens tweeted. “But both #BlackLivesMatter and #AsianLivesMatter are campaigns dedicated to stomping out white supremacy because, clown world.”
Democrat William O’Mara replied with a KKK hood and the caption: “Yikes. You may’ve dropped this.”
Owens’ retort was nothing less than fiery. “How do we feel about Democrats sending photos of Ku Klux Klan hoods to black conservatives as an insult because I’m pretty sure—as my grandfather is still alive and breathing and suffered the REAL klansmen in his youth— that this is RACIST and you are a PIG for sending this,” she responded.
“And he’s running for Congress!” Owens continued. “If this account is not removed from @TwitterSafety, than they are allowing racist harassment and threats against black people. Sending photos of a klansmen hood is a threat—plain and simple. @LiamOMaraIV
should be forced to resign from his race.”
But Twitter didn’t remove the post, they reviewed it and responded to Owens that they “didn’t find a violation” of their rules in the reported content. She posted their response beside O’Mara’s disturbing tweet.
For everyone that is suing @Twitter for clear cut bias— they have written to me to let me know that sending klansmen hoods to black people does not violate any of their rules.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 23, 2021
“If you dropped this bulls**t at my front door, it would be considered a hate crime,” Owens continued. “@TwitterSafety should have this count FULLY deleted for this type of racist harassment.”
In real life, O’Mara’s harassment could land him in some legal trouble. “Might not be a crime on Twitter but guess what?! It’s a crime in the real world,” Owens posted. Then got the last laugh when she reported the tweet to authorities.
“Just got off the phone with the Riverside County Sheriff Department. Guess who is filing a police report against you for your little klansmen act that you keep defending?” She wrote. “I am DONE with you racist Democrats thinking you can do and say whatever you want to black conservatives.”
O’Mara’s post and Twitter account have since been deleted.