Romney riot threats on Twitter is a frightening new trend that is surprisingly common. There has been a buzz about the phenomenon lately, but the author had no idea how pervasive this sickening threat is. It is easy to search Twitter, just put "Romney" and "Riot" in the search feature and many tweets pop up. Just in the past few hours, there have been many threats of rioting should Mitt Romney win the presidential election on Twitter.
Twitchy reports that just for pointing out the riot tweets, MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh accused the site of "ugly racial paranoia". Is it paranoia? Perhaps it is. But there almost seems to be a level of support for such irresponsible statements, just by the very fact that they are not being denounced in the mainstream media.
Why are these threatening tweets only being mentioned by those on the right side of the aisle? Why is the mainstream media silent?
Here are, sadly, only a small number of examples, just from a quick search:
If Romney wins A) the world definitely will end before his term and B) there will be a riot in philadelphia that I will gladly join in onÂ— Erika Firestone (@erikaelectricc) November 5, 2012
IF ROMNEY WINS WE RIOT
Â— William Brown (@williambr0wn) November 5, 2012
If Romney win, Imma start a riot, Imma start a riot.Â— Britni Tiara (@kissmy_tiki) November 5, 2012
Who wants to help start a riot if Romney wins the election #AskTwitter
Â— Keith Cortez(@_HoldOnTrap) November 5, 2012
It is a scary trend, and perhaps it means nothing. Is threatening to riot even legal? Ann Coulter was recently criticized for saying, "White Liberals Are Always Threatening Black Riots Whenever They're About To Lose An Election," yet her words ring true, particularly in light of a recent statement by Bill Maher, who said, "just kidding" after he made the following statement,
"If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea: black people know who you are and they will come after you."
As recently noted by Margie Wilson-Mars, "There are plenty of things to worry about depending on who wins the election, hopefully it won't be rioting from these young people supporting President Obama and tweeting song lyrics." Perhaps the unemployment, the foreign policy mess, the polarizing nature of American Politics and the economy should take precedence over riot threats.
More importantly, there should be a unified front from the right and the left to denounce these tweets.
Watch Ann Coulter's comments here:
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