Conservative Leaders Demand Twitter Clarify Its Connection to SPLC

April 17th, 2019 2:50 PM

On Wednesday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders wrote to Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey, urging the company to publicly confirm it has removed the Southern Poverty Law Center from its Trust and Safety Council and has severed any other ties it has with the “anti-Christian, anti-conservative” SPLC.

In a separate statement, Bozell called on Twitter, as well as Facebook, Google and Amazon, to make it clear that they won’t associate with this hateful organization. (We reached out to representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter for a comment and did not hear back.) That statement is below: 

“Two weeks ago, we issued open letters to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon urging them to cut ties with the corrupt, anti-conservative, anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“Since then, it’s been reported that Twitter has severed ties with the organization. It’s time they publicly confirm or deny this. If true, we commend them for taking action. 

“The lack of a public response from Facebook, Google, and Amazon, however, indicates they continue to affiliate themselves with the hypocritical SPLC. The American public deserves an answer. We ask the CEOs of these tech giants again — will your company continue to align itself with an anti-conservative, anti-Christian organization accused of harboring systemic racism or will you do the right thing and publicly sever ties with them? We await your response.”

The letter from Bozell and other conservative leaders follows up on a similar letter conservative leaders sent to these groups on April 3.   

The letter to Twitter's CEO is below. A similar communication was sent to Google, Amazon and Facebook. 

April 17, 2019

Mr. Jack Dorsey

Chief Executive Officer


1355 Market Street #900

San Francisco, CA 94103

Dear Mr. Dorsey,

Two weeks ago, 34 conservative leaders wrote to you demanding that you formally and publicly cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to an anonymous comment provided to the Daily Caller for an April 7 story, Twitter is no longer working with the SPLC as part of its Trust and Safety Council. However, that was 10 days ago and Twitter still has not made any formal announcement about its relationship with the SPLC. If it is true, we will happily applaud this decision publicly.

As outlined in our previous letter, SPLC has proven over and over again to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology. Moreover, as several news outlets reported, the termination of co-founder Morris Dees and the resignation of president Richard Cohen were the result of discrimination, harassment and intolerance within the organization itself.

If Twitter maintains any relationship with the SPLC in an advisory capacity, it is embracing a bigoted, hypocritical organization with a hate-filled agenda. Immediately issuing a public statement cutting any and all ties with the SPLC would restore Twitter’s credibility on this issue.

We urge you once again in the strongest possible terms to make a formal and public declaration that you are cutting all ties with the SPLC. We look forward to informing our millions of grassroots supporters that you are terminating your relationship with this hateful and hypocritical organization.


L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Tricia Erickson


Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

ACT for America


Cleta Mitchell


Foley & Lardner LLP


Steven Ertelt



Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project


John-Henry Westen

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief


Morton Blackwell


The Weyrich Lunch.


Mark J. Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc.


Ron Robinson


Young America’s Foundation


Floyd Brown


Western Journal


Richard A. Viguerie



Ed Corrigan

Executive Director

Conservative Partnership Institute


Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future


Everett Piper, PhD


Oklahoma Wesleyan University


Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.


Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West

(US Army, Retired)

Member, 112th US Congress

Senior Fellow, Media Research Center


Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Jerry Melvin

Former Dean

Florida House of Representatives


Anthony Allen


Hannibal-LaGrange University


Lee A. Beaman


Beaman Automotive Group


Kevin Freeman


NSIC Institute


Mat Staver

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel


Justin Danhof

General Counsel

National Center for Public Policy Research


Susan Carleson

Chairman and CEO

The American Civil Rights Union


Lisa B. Nelson


American Legislative Exchange Council


Gary L. Bauer


American Values

Craig Shirley

Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Frank Gaffney

Founder and Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy


Bill Donohue


Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis


60 Plus Association


James L. Martin


60 Plus Association