In the Trump era, Republicans watch the president post whatever his heart desires on Twitter and think they can do the same. GOP candidate Paul Nehlen just found out the hard way that the president receives special treatment on Twitter.
Nehlen posted an altered photo of Price Harry standing next to his fiancè Meghan Markle. The photo (below) depicts Markle as the prehistoric “Cheddar Man,” who is Britain’s most ancient complete skeleton.
The tweet received such a massive negative backlash that Twitter suspended Nehlen’s account indefinitely. Twitter officials told Newsweek:
“While we normally do not comment on individual accounts, I can confirm that we have permanently suspended this account for repeated violations of our terms of service.”
Here is a screenshot of the tweet below:
Nehlen went on to explain why he posted the photo:
This racist POS is running for Congress (I won’t RT the original image of Markle he tweeted earlier). But we need to send the message that “candidates” like this have no place in our government and we’d be happy if they live the rest of there lives under the darkest rock. pic.twitter.com/XoDHCmbOK1
— Jenn Taylor-Skinner (@JTaylorSkinner) February 11, 2018
Nehlen’s conservative backers organized an effort to reinstate Nehlen by changing their avatars to Nehlen and their usernames to “Paul Nehlan” with the hashtags #ShallNotCensor and #FreeNehlen.
Markle’s Suits co-star, Patrick J Adams, showed up to remind Nehlen that Markle is “way above” his “weight class.”
Oh @pnehlen – you’re a sad and sick man with no sense of shame or class. Get a life. And don’t go anywhere near MM – she’s got more power, strength, honor and compassion in her fingernail than you’ll ever know in this lifetime. Way above your weight class.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) February 10, 2018
Twitter user “Sleeping Giants” responded to the issue by pointing out that advertisers will drop out of Twitter if their brands get placed next to racist scum:
Let’s not forget that @Twitter makes their money on ad revenue. No advertisers are willing to risk their brand identity to be placed next to this. We’ve seen this on Breitbart.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 11, 2018
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