Twitter’s Ban of Right Wing Pundit Divides Users: ‘Civil War 2 Fetishist’ or the ‘Nelson Mandela’ of Social Media?


Twitter, seemingly without explanation, banned the account of conservative pundit, former Marine and GOP congressional candidate Jesse Kelly on Sunday night.

Kelly — who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Arizona twice, in 2010 and 2012, and now hosts a radio show in Houston — disappeared from the platform suddenly, sparking outrage from his fans and contemporaries. He then published a cringe-inducing piece for The Federalist decrying the death of free speech. It remains unclear why his account was banned, and Twitter declined to comment for this piece.

Some, even in conservative media, celebrated. Jim Swift, an editor at the Weekly Standard, noticed his Twitter feed improved following the ban.

It’s true, it’s not particularly surprising Kelly’s account was suspended. In one impressively stupid piece he wrote for The Federalist, Kelly argued fantasized about scalping his leftists and making them “feel pain” instead of “living in the liberal utopian nightmare of 57 genders.”

Nonetheless, many conservatives — even Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) — warned against celebrating Kelly’s suspension as a dangerous precedent for the platform to set:

First Infowars, then Laura Loomer, now Kelly, and in the future, you and your innocuous shitposts will face censorship, goes the logic.

Others noted that the filth Kelly pushed out on his Twitter feed daily had no place on the platform:

Some fell flat in the middle:

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Aidan McLaughlin is the Editor in Chief of Mediaite. Send tips via email: Ask for Signal. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin