Martin Shkreli Says He Was Suspended from Twitter for 'Being a Republican'
Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli was a guest Wednesday on "Mornings with Maria" as he prepares to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as president on Friday.
He discussed his recent suspension from Twitter over claims of harassment, saying he thinks he was suspended for "being a Republican."
Shkreli was suspended last week following claims of harassment by freelance journalist Lauren Duca.
Duca tweeted a screenshot of a message Shkreli sent her, along with her response.
I would rather eat my own organs pic.twitter.com/IgeCRZqk8w
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 5, 2017
She later followed that up with a direct tweet several days later to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after Shkreli compiled a montage of her photos as his cover image and uploaded an edited photo of himself next to Duca as his profile picture.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 8, 2017
In a statement, Twitter said the platform's rules "prohibit targeted harassment, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies."
Shkreli defended his actions as something a "12-year-old would hang in his locker of her beautiful face."
"That's the kind of world that the left wants us to live in, and a healthy dose of Donald Trump sort of counters that quite a bit," he told Maria Bartiromo.
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