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St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones quits Twitter over Elon Musk tweet


She flew the coop.

The mayor of St. Louis said she has quit Twitter, citing a now-deleted tweet by the corporate’s recent owner, Elon Musk, that referenced the 2014 Ferguson protests.

“The ultimate straw for me. I’m out,” Mayor Tishaura O. Jones tweeted from her personal account on Thanksgiving Day, sharing a screenshot of Musk’s now-deleted post.

On Tuesday, Musk tweeted a 12-second video of a closet filled with shirts with the slogan #StayWoke at what he claimed was Twitter’s San Francisco offices.

Within the now-deleted follow-up tweet, Musk wrote the shirts stemmed from the 2014 protests within the town 20 miles northwest of St. Louis, sparked by the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Musk noted that the Ferguson police officer who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, was exonerated.

“‘Hands up don’t shoot’ was made up,” he wrote. “The entire thing was a fiction.”

St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones cited a since-deleted tweet by Elon Musk in her decision to depart Twitter.REUTERS

Musk also tweeted a link to a March 2015 Department of Justice report, which said accounts claiming Brown had his hands up were “inaccurate because they’re inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence.”

In a separate report, DOJ accused Ferguson cops of racial bias and profiling, which resulted in town manager, police chief and municipal judge all resigning. Brown’s family also settled with town in a wrongful death lawsuit.

“Y’all can have this bird app,” said Jones, who’s Black, in response to Musk’s messages, adding, “Joyful Thanksgiving to all who have a good time and Joyful Holidays.”

St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones“The ultimate straw for me. I’m out,” Mayor Tishaura Jones tweeted from her personal account on Thanksgiving Day.Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The account nevertheless remained lively as of Saturday evening.

Jones didn’t clip her Twitter wings entirely, though. Hours after the private post declaring her exit, the official mayor’s account tweeted a photograph of her at a Thanksgiving day parade.

Nick Dunne, a spokesman for Jones, said that the official account will proceed to operate “within the short term.”

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