Last weekend, GOP candidate postest a racist tweet about Prince Harry’s fiancè Meghan Markle that drew such serious criticism that Twitter suspended Nehlen’s account over it. Permanently.
In a statement to Newsweek, a Twitter official said: “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.”
The original Tweet superimposed an image of “Cheddar Man,” a prehistoric man that lived 10,000 years ago and is Britain’s oldest complete skeleton. Scientists concluded that he would have had dark skin. Because Nehlen’s account is suspended, the original Tweet is hidden.
But the internet never forgets.
After the tweet was condemned by many (and liked by far too many), Nehlen defended the post with more racist vitriol.
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
On Facebook, Nehlen referenced Twitter’s suspension with #ShallNotCensor. Meanwhile, on Twitter, some of Nehlen’s sympathizers began changing their profile pictures to photos of him, like this user:
— Alba_Rising (@Alba_Rising) February 11, 2018
One person who passionately defended Marle was her Suits co-star Patrick J Adams:
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
Nehlen’s suspension is significant for another reason, however. As Sleeping Giants points out, Twitter might be seeing advertisers leave the platform, the same way they did to Bill O’Reilly before he was fired, and how several advertisers dropped from Sean Hannity’s show.
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