Nashville, Tenn. – February 19, 2018 – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released the following statement on Presidents’ Day:
“Presidents’ Day started as a celebration of the birthday of America’s first President, George Washington. Today, we honor the patriotism and service of our nations chief Executives. We are thankful for America’s Presidents, from Washington to Trump, who have helped defend freedom and preserve our great Republic.”
"The Tennessee Republican Party’s official Twitter handle has always been @TNGOP. We have never interacted, supported, or promoted the @TEN_GOP account. The content produced by that account was never representative of the views of the Tennessee Republican Party, and often times was divisive and appalling.
"As such, the Tennessee Republican Party, on multiple occasions, filed official reports with Twitter regarding the @TEN_GOP account. Each report was either dismissed by Twitter or never responded to. It is deeply disappointing knowing the true intentions and depth of deception this account was created for, and that despite our multiple attempts to have the account suspended by Twitter, it remained active on the social media’s website.
"It is our hope that Twitter, and other social media websites, enforce stricter verification rules, and take more seriously the impersonation of political parties, organizations, and candidates in future."
Documentation of reports to Twitter and their response are available to media upon request