Today, it was revealed that the Trump White House had requested Twitter to take down a tweet by Chrissy Teigen that referred to the then-president as a “pussy ass bitch” during testimony from former Twitter executives before Congress.
The information became public at a hearing by the House Oversight Committee on Twitter’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story. Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and others questioned how the business handled requests to remove specific tweets from the government and the Joe Biden campaign.
Anika Collier Navaroli, a former Twitter policy official, was questioned by Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia about a case from 2019 in which the Trump administration had issued the platform a specific request to review and remove a post.
The Trump WH wanted Teigen’s tweet calling Trump a PAB taken down lol pic.twitter.com/WkyQoJ3zIP
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 8, 2023
The tweet in question was from author and model Teigen:
lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019
The White House requested Twitter to review the message, according to Navaroli, who added that they “wanted it to come down because it was a derogatory statement directed towards the president.”
Later, when Florida Democratic Rep. Maxwell Frost questioned her, Navaroli responded that the request to review the tweet fit under the rules against abusive language, specifically the guideline against insults. Twitter didn’t appear to have responded to the message in any way.
Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, were involved in a Twitter argument with Trump at the time. In a tweet, Trump expressed his disappointment that Legend and “his foul-mouthed wife” would not support his most recent criminal justice reform legislation. On Twitter, Trump had already blocked Teigen.
….musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is – but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed. “Anchor”@LesterHoltNBC doesn’t even bring up the subject of President Trump or the Republicans when talking about….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
Teigen’s response to finding out that her tweet was the target of a White House takedown request and then read aloud in front of Congress is as follows:
I…oh my god https://t.co/PKc1rzEFyx
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 8, 2023
For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.