President Donald Trump joined Twitch, ensuring that his racist invective isn’t limited to just Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every one of his television appearances. And he probably already violated the streaming platform’s community guidelines.
Trump held his first Twitch livestream on Thursday, a broadcast of a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he has more than 47,000 followers.
During the speech, Trump was more than happy to hurl racist invective at Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), as he’s done before on multiple occasions. At one point, he called her an “America-hating socialist.”
He also regurgitated a far-right blog’s claim that Omar committed identity fraud by marrying her brother to help her become a U.S. citizen.
My goodness — Trump is now diving into conspiracy theories about Ilhan Omar’s marital status he read on a right-wing blog. Completely unhinged. pic.twitter.com/kjy3qCwK5i
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
If this sounds kinda familiar, it’s because it’s very much in the same vein as his racially motivated birth certificate conspiracy directed at Barack Obama during his presidency.
But Trump wasn’t done. Omar is the first Somali-American elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is the other). And Omar is part of Minnesota’s Somali community, the largest such community in the United States.
So you probably won’t be shocked to hear Trump lashed out at Minnesota’s Somali community while attacking Omar.
It didn’t stop there. He also warned of “deadly sanctuary cities, which release dangerous criminal aliens into the heart of your communities.”
Here’s the thing: his speech seems like a violation of Twitch’s Community Guidelines, which ban “hateful conduct” that encourages “discrimination” and “harassment” based on race, ethnicity, and national origin.
Harassment is defined as “any content or activity that attempts to intimidate, degrade, abuse, or bully others, or creates a hostile environment for others, and is prohibited.”
Twitch says that any “hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation,” which will result in “a range of enforcement actions, including and up to indefinite suspension.”
We’ve reached out to Twitch to see see if any of Trump’s comments on Thursday night violated these guidelines. Even if you let Thursday’s rally slide (and why the hell would you?), there’s no denying Trump has used his rallies to incite violence in the past and is likely to do so again.
Not that it seems to matter to any social media platform. Already Twitter has twisted itself in knots to keep from banning Trump and Facebook straight up threw in the towel by admitting it’ll just let anything from politicians fly.
Adding one more ironic twist to this whole mess is the fact that Twitch is owned by Amazon, meaning Trump is now utilizing a platform owned by (and financially benefitting) Jeff Bezos, one of Trump’s favorite targets.
For now, Trump’s Twitch account is alive and well and he’s already teasing his next event to stream on the platform, a broadcast of his planned Oct. 17 rally in Dallas, Texas.