Kellyanne Conway is not above a good old-fashioned Twitter harassment campaign.
As counselor to President Donald Trump, Conway speaks with the full force of MAGA trolls at her beck and call. On Wednesday, following Twitter’s decision to fact-check two of Trump’s tweets, she directed their attention to the company’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.
The result — scores of angry Trump supporters lashing out at Roth’s Twitter handle — was predictable and expected.
On Fox News, she said she wanted to “raise the name of somebody at Twitter. He’s the head of Integrity, and his name is Yoel Roth. He’s @yoyoel. Somebody in San Francisco go wake him up and tell him, he’s about to get more followers.”
In case any Fox News viewers missed Roth’s handle the first time around, Conway made sure to repeat it.
“This guy is constantly attacking Trump voters, Trump, Mitch McConnell, you name it, and he’s the head of integrity at Twitter,” she continued. “Yoyo, yoyoel is his Twitter feed.”
As of this morning, a search of Tweets directed at Roth included calls to civil war, threats to take him and “his kind” down, scores of insults about his genitalia, and more along those lines.
When reached for comment, a Twitter spokesperson directed Mashable to a statement from Brandon Borrman, Twitter’s vice president of global communications.
“No one person here is responsible for our polices or enforcement actions,” wrote Borrman. “People who decide to target one person for decisions they don’t agree with know damn well what they’re doing.”
It’d be difficult to see Conway’s repeated mentioning of Roth as anything but an attempt to target one person, perhaps as a distraction from the larger issue of Trump’s lies about mail-in ballots. It betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the platform on her part, however. After all, if anyone would be a pro at Twitter’s advanced muting options, it would be one its own employees.