Laura Loomer, the conservative Jewish activist, handcuffed herself to Twitter headquarters in order to protest her removal from the platform. Loomer was cut free and arrested at around 6PM local time.
Miss Loomer was permanently banned from the platform earlier this month, the latest in a long line of conservative commentators to be unceremoniously removed for “hate speech” and other such claimed infractions. Loomer has claimed during the protest that “verified liberals and verified leftists” are free to post “assassination threats” against President Trump without being removed from the site.
Laura Loomer has handcuffed herself to the door of Twitter's office to protest being banned from the site. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/VzOfmsYcKt— Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 29, 2018
Loomer came with posters of tweets including anti-semitic messages put out by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam:
Laura Loomer printed out blown-up copies of Louis Farrakahn's anti-Semitic tweets which Twitter has not banned pic.twitter.com/Rvx9zkVIZX— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 29, 2018
However, they were then taken down by workers from the building. “They banned my account. Now you’re trying to steal my tweets in real life,” she yelled. This morning, she joined a class-action lawsuit against Twitter and several others to combat political bias, claiming that she “found it necessary to join [it] to end the discrimination” by Big Tech against conservatives.
Many conservatives have tweeted supporting messages to Loomer:
I stand with Laura Loomer.— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) November 29, 2018
All those who stood up for @JesseKellyDC who are now mocking Laura Loomer for protesting her Twitter ban because she dared to criticize Sharia & Ihlan Omar: You don't get it. You never will.— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 29, 2018
If everyone was as courageous as Laura Loomer, conservatives would have a fighting chance for free speech on social media.— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) November 29, 2018
I would love to live in a world that responded to reason, but right now the world only responds to pressure.#FreeLauraLoomer #LauraLoomer
Pro free-speech social media platform Gab tweeted out in support of her protest, including tweeting out the website and archives of violent tweets from leftists that she had mentioned earlier:
Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Loomer all joined Gab VERY early and are back posting now in support of liberty and to send a message to Big Tech. Conservative women have the guts to stand up in the face of tech tyranny regardless of what the media says. Lesson in there.— Gab.com🕊 (@getongab) November 29, 2018
Laura Loomer is right. Twitter allows "hate speech" as long as it is aimed at the President, Conservatives, and certain groups of people.— Gab.com🕊 (@getongab) November 29, 2018
For plenty of documented examples visit https://t.co/rhTld2ok1H
Follow Laura here: https://t.co/QIcMO2g7TJ
However, others were more critical of Loomer’s protest, including Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting and 2nd Amendment activist, and Ben Shapiro, editor of The Daily Wire:
Ratio me all you want, but Laura Loomer acting like an idiot and handcuffing herself to @Twitter is crazy enough, forget about wearing a star that my grandparents who got burned alive were.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) November 29, 2018
Comparing being kicked off a private company’s platform to millions dying is despicable. pic.twitter.com/uCjPVH8v3G
Three things can be true at once:— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 29, 2018
1. Loomer shouldn't have been banned from Twitter.
2. Twitter is obviously looking to purge people with unpalatable political beliefs.
3. Wearing a yellow star to protest a Twitter ban is RIDICULOUS.
According to a screenshot from Mike Cernovich, the protest hit number 1 on Twitter’s worldwide trending list:
Laura Loomer is the #1 story in the world right now. pic.twitter.com/kA9ceqGzQk— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 29, 2018
Twitter released a statement on the protest part-way through:
We have notified the relevant authorities who are responding. The account holder was suspended for violating our policies. We apply the Twitter Rules impartially and not based on ideology.
A live-stream of the protest can be watched back below:
Laura Loomer has chained herself to Twitter and is protesting “Twitter is Anti-Semitic!”https://t.co/ovfSu2BMsp— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 29, 2018
UPDATE (10:16 PM GMT):
UPDATE: Shortly after 5 pm, an officer informed Loomer that Twitter is not pressing charges at this time and she is therefore allowed to continue her protest without being arrested. https://t.co/dGVuydeYX8— Cassandra Fairbanks ❤️⏳ (@CassandraRules) November 29, 2018
Twitter isn't pressing charges. NYPD are going to leave and instructed Laura Loomer not to block people from entering.— Ali Alexander (@ali) November 29, 2018
In summary: Laura Loomer fought the Law and the L—Loomer won..?
Police removing barriers in light of Twitter's decision to allow Loomer to protest pic.twitter.com/nVwbaY9luw— St. Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) November 29, 2018
UPDATE (10:43 PM GMT):
The original livestream has ended – a new one posted by Michael Malice can be viewed below:
UPDATE (10:45 PM GMT):
It seems Ms Loomer is in the protest for the long run…
Laura Loomer just said if she has to she will pee in her pants.— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 29, 2018
UPDATE (10:56 PM GMT):
CJ Pearson, whose tweet was quoted earlier in this story supporting Loomer’s protest, has had his account locked again:
ARGH! After bravely defending Laura Loomer, @thecjpearson just lost his account. It's locked!— Ali Alexander (@ali) November 29, 2018
This is getting ridiculous, @TwitterSafety. We already solved all GDPR issues. I've gone out on a limb facilitating conversations between us and y'all.
How did this "happen" again? pic.twitter.com/R0XPvzvVbu
UPDATE (11:02 PM GMT):
It appears that the police are cutting off the handcuffs — will be taking her to precinct. Unclear if she is arrested. https://t.co/dGVuydeYX8— Cassandra Fairbanks ❤️⏳ (@CassandraRules) November 29, 2018
UPDATE (11:10 PM GMT):
Loomer has been arrested and placed into a police car, ending her protest:
UPDATE: Laura Loomer was cut free and arrested https://t.co/1IeEqXbgou— Cassandra Fairbanks ❤️⏳ (@CassandraRules) November 29, 2018