Twitter Won't Remove Pro-Trump Candidate's Call to 'Execute' Election Fraudsters

Twitter won't remove a tweet from a pro-Trump congressional candidate that called for the execution of "all involved" in election fraud.

Jarome Bell, a Republican running in Virginia's second congressional district, made the remarks after an audit in Arizona's Maricopa County upheld President Joe Biden's win.

But Bell, who served in the Navy for 27 years, called for audits in all 50 states. He tweeted on Friday: "Audit all 50 states. Arrest all involved. Try all involved. Convict all involved. Execute all involved. #MaricopaCountyFraud."

Audit all 50 states.

Arrest all involved. Try all involved. Convict all involved. Execute all involved.#MaricopaCountyFraud

— Jarome Bell (@JaromeBellVA) September 24, 2021

The tweet prompted outrage, and many questioned why Twitter had not removed it under its policy prohibiting the glorification of violence.

On Monday, a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek: "The tweet you referenced is not in violation of the Twitter Rules."

Among those critical of Bell's tweet was former Virginia Congressman Denver Riggleman.

"A lot of self-proclaimed Christians liking this tweet. I would bet someone is documenting everyone 'liking' this ignorant tripe," Riggleman wrote. "Sanity has to be more aggressive than crazy. I'm that huckleberry."

The Lincoln Project's Fred Wellman wrote: "You once swore an Oath to Uphold the Constitution and now you're cheering for fascism. You're never going to get elected because you're just another seditionist." Bell replied: "Hold my beer."

Walter Shaub, who was the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, also criticized Bell's tweet. "I hear there are some openings in the Taliban government that might interest you," he wrote.

A lot of self-proclaimed Christians liking this tweet. I would bet someone is documenting everyone “liking” this ignorant tripe. Stupid self-identifies.

Sanity has to be more aggressive than crazy.

I’m that huckleberry https://t.co/p0Ogb5T3Md

— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) September 26, 2021

I hear there are some openings in the Taliban government that might interest you.

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 27, 2021

The widely criticized audit in Arizona's most populous county, which had been pushed by Republicans in the state Senate, concluded on Friday with a report that presented no evidence to back Trump's claim that the election was stolen from him, and actually found that Biden won by a slightly larger margin than the pre-audit numbers indicated.

But it hasn't stopped some Republicans from calling for election audits in several other states.

At a rally in Perry, Georgia, on Saturday night, Trump falsely claimed that the audit found that Biden lost Maricopa County.

"We won at the Arizona forensic audit yesterday at a level that you wouldn't believe," Trump told the crowd.

"They had headlines that Biden wins in Arizona, when they know it's not true. He didn't win in Arizona. He lost in Arizona based on the forensic audit."

The former president is continuing to pressure states to investigate the baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

He hit out at Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for refusing to advance a review of the election results. "Your RINO Governor Brian Kemp has been a disaster on election integrity," Trump said.

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