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USA Today Columnist Suspended Month for 'Run Them Down' Tweet

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Protestors block traffic on I-85 during protests Sept. 20, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. (Getty Images/Sean Rayford)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 10:24 PM

USA Today suspended conservative columnist Glenn Reynolds for one month after he posted a tweet urging drivers to run down demonstrators protesting a police-involved shooting in Charlotte, N.C., Politico reported.

"USA Today expects its columnists to provide thoughtful, reasoned contributions to the national conversation, on all platforms," editorial page editor Bill Sternberg said in a statement, Politico reported.

"Glenn Reynolds’ Run them down' tweet, in response to a news report about protesters in Charlotte stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles, was a violation of that standard and can be interpreted as an incitement to violence. Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who writes twice a week for USA Today, has apologized. His column has been suspended for one month."

Reynolds was suspended – briefly – from Twitter late Wednesday after he sent the offensive tweet urging: "Run them down," and linking to a news story about demonstrators who had stopped traffic on a Charlotte highway.

But Reynolds defended the post on his blog, Instapundit.com, and charged Twitter was "out to silence voices it disagrees with or something."

His Twitter account was reinstated Thursday.

"What I meant is that drivers who feel their lives are in danger from a violent mob should not stop their vehicles," he wrote in a statement posted by USA Today.

". . . My tweet should have said, 'Keep driving,' or 'Don’t stop.'"

"I have always supported peaceful protests, speaking out against police militarization and excessive police violence in my USA Today columns, on my website and on Twitter itself," he added. "I understand why people misunderstood my tweet and regret that I was not clearer."

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USA Today suspended conservative columnist Glenn Reynolds for one month after he posted a tweet urging drivers to run down demonstrators protesting a police-involved shooting in Charlotte, N.C., Politico reported.
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