Twitter briefly suspended the twitter account of "Angel Mom" Mary Ann Mendoza" over a tweet she sent attacking presidential candidate Kamala Harris, then reinstated it after President Trump tweeted that he would "help" with the situation.
On Saturday, Twitter suspended Mendoza's account after she sent the following tweet:
The company said Mendoza had violated its policy on hate speech by using the term "illegal" to describe "undocumented" migrants, and said it wouldn't reinstate Mendoza's account until she agreed to delete several tweets with this hateful language. She refused.
Mendoza's son, 32-year-old police officer Brandon Mendoza, was killed in May 2014 by a drunk illegal immigrant who was driving drunk down the wrong lane on the high way.
Several conservative media outlets reported on the story, though it was largely ignored by the mainstream press, and early on Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted that he would intercede on Mendoza's behalf and insisted that she "should never be silenced."
I will help Angel Mom (and great woman) Mary Ann Mendoza with Twitter. I know Mary Ann from the beginning, and she should never be silenced. She is a winner who has lost so much, her child. Twitter, if you’re watching, please do what you have to do, NOW! @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2019
Trump first met Mendoza during a campaign stop in Arizona during 2016. She was later invited to the White House.
Mendoza delivered a lengthy statement to Brietbart News.
"I’m disgusted and disappointed that Twitter is trying to silence me," Mendoza told Breitbart News. "I had my world ripped out from under me the day my son was killed by a repeat illegal alien criminal. I am the ‘other’ side of this crisis and the end result of open borders and the careless release of illegal aliens at our borders because of time restraints."
"I will not be silenced in my warning calls of what could happen to any American citizen in the blink of an eye as it did to me," Mendoza said. "As an American citizen whose beautiful son was collateral damage to the ineptness if our elected officials, I will continue to bring my words to them in whatever platform I can. They owe it to me and every other Angel Family to have a hearing for our voices. Their fellow American citizens and our loved ones killed by their inactions. My voice is my son’s voice, never to be silenced by anyone."
As of noon ET on Sunday, Mendoza's twitter account was active, but the offending tweets had been deleted.