Trump riot tweets get Vox's Emmett Rensin suspended

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Online news site Vox suspended deputy editor Emmett Rensin after his tweets about riots that should accompany visits by Donald Trump. Specifically, Rensin tweeted June 3, “Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.”

Pinned to the top of Rensin’s Twitter feed is his May 14 blogpost calling violence “categorically immoral.”



In a June 3 statement, Vox said Rensin’s tweets “cross a line” and Vox doesn’t “condone” his call for rioting.

“On Thursday night, Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, sent a series of tweets that, among other things, urged people to riot if Donald Trump comes to their town.

“We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions, and we encourage our writers to debate and disagree. But direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity. We welcome a variety of viewpoints, but we do not condone writing that could put others in danger.

“In this case, Emmett’s tweets violated Vox’s standards and Emmett has been suspended as a consequence.”

Mediaite reported Friday, “Earlier today, there was much discussion surrounding founder Ezra Klein keeping his mouth shut about the entire Twitter incident, but now, that silence has been broken.”

iMediaEthics has written to Rensin for comment.

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