CNN employee and former state representative Bakari Sellers publicly tweeted his fantasy about punching a 15-year-old Covington Catholic High School student in the face.
The 34-year-old man quote-tweeted another tweet with the now-debunked claims about what happened and said that “he is a deplorable. Some ppl can also be punched in the face.”
The tweet he quoted contained the debunked claim, “this MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous People’s March.” We now know that the men had waded into the group of teenagers to harass them in “solidarity” with a group of Black Israelites who were shouting racist slurs at them and calling them “future school shooters.”
Just @CNN employee @Bakari_Sellers fantasizing about punching a 15-year-old in the face. pic.twitter.com/bsZQpV9RtV
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) January 21, 2019
The tweet has since been deleted.
Sellers is just one of many verified adults on Twitter threatening violence against these students, some as young as 14-years-old.
On Monday, Twitter declined to suspend the account belonging to a Los Angeles-based DJ who posted tweets calling for the school to be set on fire with the children inside and calling for his followers to shoot the students “on sight.” The police are now investigating the threats.
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We have reached out to CNN and Twitter for comment on the tweet and will update this story if they are provided.