Jesse Kelly, a conservative commentator and former Republican Congressional candidate, was permanently banned from Twitter on Sunday, with no clear reason given by the social media giant.
In a screenshot sent to a friend, Kelly showed how his account was removed for “multiple or repeat violations of the Twitter rules”, and that no appeals would be monitored:
.@JesseKellyDC just shared this with me.— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) November 26, 2018
He’s permanently banned with no explanation. He broke no rules.
This madness has to stop. pic.twitter.com/zvwgSLg1Ri
Ryan Saavedra from the Daily Wire relayed to Twitter that Kelly had never received any notification that he had broken any rules of the site, and was unceremoniously removed without warning. Saavedra also stated that Twitter has “nothing to share” about Kelly’s account:
BREAKING: A Twitter spokesperson told me they were going to look into why Jesse Kelly's account was suspended.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 26, 2018
Their official response: "We have nothing to share on this account."
Kelly was the Republican nominee for Arizona’s 8th District in 2010, narrowly losing to the Democratic candidate, Gabrielle Giffords. He ran again in the same district in the 2012 special election, after withdrawing from the Republican primary race for the 2nd District that same year. As a member of the US Marine Corps from 2000-2004, he was involved in the American invasion of Iraq and saw combat at that time.
As a regular contributor to Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, Kelly’s most recent appearance was, ironically, to discuss the prevalence of online censorship; something he is now a victim himself of:
Conservative pundits were quick to slam the social media site for their decision:
Go to Iraq— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 26, 2018
Be told you're fighting for freedom
Come to America
Get banned by social media companies
Be told by chickenhawk conservatives that you deserve to be banned
Welcome to the GOP!
And now they’ve banned Jesse Kelly for … well, I’m not sure exactly. There’s no bias though! None whatsoever! https://t.co/6MIAhnAnuT— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 26, 2018
Periodic reminder that if you are a conservative and you are against regulating big tech, you are wronghttps://t.co/6QcrlWgxFc— Will Chamberlain 🇺🇸 (@willchamberlain) November 25, 2018
Writing in The Federalist in August of this year about the no-platforming of Alex Jones, Kelly predicted that the left would not stop at banning “conspiracy theorists” like Jones, but would eventually come for even moderate conservatives like himself:
While it is not surprising to see the jackals on the left cheer at the burning of books, one would hope folks on the right would look in the mirror and realize their time is coming soon. The leftists will not stop (and did not stop) at nutty Alex Jones, because they do not think you are much different from him. You rightly think your belief in immigration enforcement is much different than his disgusting conspiracy theory about Sandy Hook. But you must understand the left thinks you are both equally vile. They just knew Jones was the weak member of the herd. They could pick him off as a test run. Next they’re coming for you.
Twitter was also recently lambasted for making targeted “misgendering” and “deadnaming” of transgender individuals a bannable offence, with many marking it as yet another clamp down of free speech online.