On Tuesday, Twitter shut down the account of a user that posted a graphic advocating the murder of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. For an undetermined amount of time, Twitter allowed a user with the handle “@ThaRealRO,” to post a cartoon that appeared to show escaped Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman with a handgun aimed at the back of Trump’s head.
A post at the conservative Gateway Pundit said the “image of the gunman appears to be based on a photo of El Chapo from 2014 when he was recaptured from a previous prison escape.” Trump is depicted with a shocked look on his face while holding his hands up. The message was part of a racist anti-white rant responding to Trump’s Tuesday press conference.
“Why hasn’t this Happened yet? (sic)” read a tweet sent to Trump and Latino comedian George Lopez that included the graphic, profanity-laden image. Neither recipient responded to the message.
One might wonder why such a message would be sent to Lopez. A look at his Twitter feed, however, shows that Lopez clearly has no love for the media mogul known for being politically incorrect.
“Me, me , me , loser , me me me , I’m great , me me me me me me,” Lopez said in one tweet mocking Trump. “This LOCO is now asking himself questions,” he added in another tweet.
It’s not the first time Trump has been targeted with this type of violent rhetoric. As we reported in April 2011, liberals used Twitter to issue death wishes against Trump. At the time, he was focused on Barack Obama’s birth certificate, which many still believe is a forgery.
Earlier this month, the “Twitter lynch mob” was back in action, calling for Trump to be murdered. After Tuesday’s press conference, in which Trump booted Univision’s Jorge Ramos, the mob took to Twitter again, calling for El Chapo to kill the GOP candidate.
“Is El chapo going to kill Donald trump yet,” one person asked. “When will El Chapo come out of no where and kill Donald trump already that’s all I’m waiting for,” added another Twitter user. “Chapo can you please kill Donald Trump already Por Favor,” tweeted “Ice Cube Carlos.”
We found many more tweets advocating Trump’s murder. “I want to kill Donald Trump,” one person said. “I want to deliciously murder him and make him suffer until he can’t stand the pain.” Twitter’s rules forbid the kind of threats seen here, but the social media site often turns a blind eye to messages targeting conservatives, as we have reported so many times in the past.