Glenn Reynolds, a USA Today columnist, drew fire on Wednesday when he suggested that people should drive over protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, who were blocking the highway.
"Run them down," Reynolds
tweeted along with a picture of the protesters. The protesters were out in force to decry the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
Reynolds' Twitter account has since been suspended, but the tweet was preserved in screenshots and is prompting many people to call for his removal from
USA Today as well as from the University of Tennessee, where he is a law professor. SEE MORE: Watch a protester knock down a CNN reporter during unrest in Charlotte Check out what people on both sides of the debate are saying below:
Twitter reacts to "run them down" tweet over Charlotte protests
@emmaroller "Run them down" 13 characters "Drive around them" 17 characters clearly there was insufficent space for Twitter nuance
The people who hate conservative free speech? Run them down. #FeeInstapundit @instapundit
To state the obvious, if a black law prof had tweeted RUN THEM DOWN re: a pic of a police line, Reynolds's fans would be howling.
On #FreeInstapundit: 1. Pretty clearly not incitement, as some claiming 2. Pretty clearly protected by 1A https://t.co/RwM22q8rFu
Hmmm. Seems like she should have...run them down, no? #freeinstapundit https://t.co/75zSFTYOTs
@admrlcrnch I just don’t think twitter is tanking itself because some dickbag said run them down if they block traffic.
There may be a legitimate question whether Twitter censors equally across the board, but no debate that "run them down" incites violence.
If rioters are surrounding your car and threatening you, you have EVERY right to defend yourself. #runthemdown #freeinstapundit
@twitter thinks Conservatives are more dangerous than ISIS! #runthemdown #FreeInstapundit #MAGA
@red_boxer0 @greg_doucette Race comes into this because 'run them down' only happens when it's a black protest, not a hockey riot or parade.
If you are stupid enough to surround cars in a threatening manner, don't be surprised when you become road pizza. #RunThemDown
@hughhewitt @instapundit @twitter "Run them down" if you feel threatened but unarmed people not allowed to feel threatened by bad police?
Clearly @instapundit should've advised drivers to get out of the car and let protesters beat the crap out of them