Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a Democratic presidential candidate, said the privilege of using Twitter should be taken away from President Trump because he is using the platform in an "irresponsible" way. Harris, in an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper, called for "other mechanisms" to make sure Trump's words don't harm anyone.
"We played the president saying in the Oval Office that they're trying to find out about the whistleblower, learn about the whistleblower. Are you confident that the Congress will be able to protect the whistleblower's identity?" a concerned Anderson Cooper asked.
"The United States Congress will do everything that is necessary to support and protect the whistleblower," Harris said. "The president's tweets and behavior about this are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lifting people up."
"If he's not going to exercise self-restraint, then, perhaps, there should be other mechanisms in place to make sure that his words do not in fact harm anyone," Harris warned.
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: Frankly, when you look at what he's been tweeting today, directed at the whistleblower, directed at so many people, I frankly think that based on this and all we've seen him do before, including attacking members of Congress, that he -- frankly his Twitter account should be suspended.
I think there is plenty of now evidence to suggest that he is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people. And so the privilege of using those words in that way should probably be taken from him.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: But doesn't that play into his hands of his, I don't know how many Twitter followers he has, I think it's in the range of 60 million, who say, look, the rich folks in Silicon Valley are just kind of silencing me and taking me off Twitter.
HARRIS: I am sure that will be said... We see continuously, including in the last 24 hours, is a use of his words, Donald Trump using his words in a way that could subject someone to harm. And if he's not going to exercise self-restraint, then, perhaps, there should be other mechanisms in place to make sure that his words do not in fact harm anyone, and that's my point.