Trump faces backlash after sharing a tweet naming the alleged whistleblower

Late Friday night, President Donald Trump shared a tweet from a pro-Trump account that named the alleged whistleblower that kickstarted the Trump impeachment inquiry. Trump has repeatedly called to reveal the identity of the whistleblower, and has even said: “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser.”

US federal laws grant the protection of whistleblowers, to help protect the identity of those that unmask evidence of wrongdoing by the government. Lawyers for the whistleblower had even issued a cease-and-desist warning to the president, but Trump has continued to call for the whistleblower to be named.

- Advertisement -

A few hours after the retweet by Trump, the tweet appeared to be missing for many people. This made users speculate that Trump was asked to delete the tweet, or that maybe Twitter had done it. However, it turns out that Twitter was facing an outage that made the tweet appear glitchy for some users. A few hours later, the tweet was visible again.

The handle of the Twitter account Trump tweeted from was @surfermom77. The Associated Press reports that the account resembles a bot account as it includes “an unusually high amount of activity and profile pictures featuring stock images from the internet.” Twitter did not remove the Tweet from that account as it does not have a policy of removing tweets naming the alleged whistleblower. Facebook does, however.

The reaction to Trump’s tweet was not positive. Stephen Kohn, an expert in whistleblower protection laws, says that the President was violating his duty to protect whistleblowers. It is especially important the identity of whistleblowers be protected. According to reports in the Washington Post and the Guardian, a person named as the alleged whistleblower began receiving threats after President Trump tweeted about him. He had to be escorted by armed security personnel to work after this incident.

Critics and the whistleblower’s lawyers began using the hashtag #ProtectTheWhistleblower.

- Advertisement -

Apply to write for us if you love writing and want to see your articles featured on Apple News, Google News, and more. Subscribe to our newsletter, What Just Happened, where we dive deep into the hottest topics from the week!

Source: Forbes, BBC

More from Politics – News Landed

Trump calls out California Governor Gavin Newsom over homelessness crisis

Michael Bloomberg has spent $120 million on ads in the race for the presidency

Popular Stories – News Landed

- Advertisement -

Tesla Superchargers might look like this in 2023 due to new California rules

SpaceX Starship first flight hopefully to occur in 2-3 months, Elon Musk tweets

Related Stories

House moves to Impeach the President for the second time

The House of Representatives moved to impeach President Trump on Monday after giving the cabinet an ultimatum: resign/invoke the...

You can now share tweets to Snapchat; Instagram coming soon

The pandemic saw many social media platforms, especially Twitter, grow at a scale never seen before. Twitter's dominance as...

Featured Stories

Sturgill Simpson Stops Struggling

Sturgill Simpson has always seemed to struggle. He would prefer being listened to as opposed to just being heard....

Climate change ultimately caused the demise of Transoxania

Climate change doomed the ancient Transoxania civilization, suggests a new study.  An international team of scientists analyzed sediment samples from...

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapses

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico witnessed the crash of its pathbreaking telescope on late Tuesday morning. One of...

Next Step: Jurassic Park? Scientists digitally reconstruct dinosaur brain

As the blockbuster Jurassic Park/World franchise taught us--despite being extinct for more than 60 million years--"Life finds a way", and there...

A tsunami-like mechanism in mice brains teach us more about migraines

A migraine with aura is a severe headache that accompanies symptoms like dizziness, zigzag line vision, blind spots, tingling...

Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris elected to the White House

At around 11:25 a.m. on November 7, 2020, after nearly 90 hours since polls first closed throughout the United...

Comment Below

House moves to Impeach the President for the second time

The House of Representatives moved to impeach President Trump on Monday after giving the cabinet an ultimatum: resign/invoke the...

You can now share tweets to Snapchat; Instagram coming soon

The pandemic saw many social media platforms, especially Twitter, grow at a scale never seen before. Twitter's dominance as...