On September 30, 2019, Kamala Harris, who was running as a Democratic candidate for president at the time, tweeted: "Let's be honest, @ realDonaldTrump's Twitter account should be blocked."
At the time, the California Senator (who is now elected Vice President) received a lot of bullshit for her position, including within her own party. Many called her focus "the little ball" in the grand scheme of things, although she warned that Trump's platform was directly responsible for threats to national security and the deteriorating health of democracy.
During a democratic debate just weeks after her tweet, Harris defended her support for Donald Trump being silenced by Twitter, saying, “Here we have Donald Trump, who has 65 million Twitter followers, and this platform as President of the United States uses states to openly intimidate witnesses, threaten witnesses, obstruct justice, and he and his account should be abolished. "
Harris then pointed out the manifesto the mass shooter had posted at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Walmart, that August, which reflected some of Trump's rhetoric about immigrants.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who ran against Harris in the Democratic primary, brushed off Harris' warnings by saying, "I don't want to just oust Donald Trump from Twitter. I want to push him out of the White House, That is our task. "
Crooked Media's co-founder and podcast host Jon Lovett also attacked Harris at the time for discussing the fate of Trump's Twitter account with Warren. "Kamala Harris, who followed Elizabeth Warren from Twitter as Trump banned Trump, is one of the more pathetic stunts I've seen in a debate," he tweeted.
The president's dog whistles and calls for violence are nothing new. However, this week it had deadly consequences when thousands of Trump's supporters came to the US Capitol in Washington to try to obstruct Congressional certification for Joe Biden's election victory in November. The seditious mob seized the Capitol and resulted in five deaths.
Trump had authored several tweets encouraging the violence and expressions of support for those who surrounded the Capitol. As a result, Twitter announced on Friday afternoon (January 8th) a permanent ban on the president's account.
Given the unprecedented move, Harris' 2019 tweet is now circulating with many in her mentions praising her foresight. "You were right in 2019 and every day after," wrote a Twitter user. "Now that's aged well!" another tweeted.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in on January 20th on inauguration day.