Conservative pundit Jesse Kelly’s Twitter ban sparks outrage: ‘New low’

Jesse Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and former GOP congressional candidate, has been banned from Twitter for unspecified reasons, sparking outrage from conservatives.

Kelly, a former Marine who ran two failed campaigns for Congress in Arizona, in 2010 and 2012, currently hosts a talk radio program in Houston. It is not clear which of his recent tweets prompted the ban.

{mosads}According to Twitter’s “range of enforcement options” page, Kelly should have been provided an explanation from Twitter around what policy he may have violated.

“When we permanently suspend an account, we notify people that they have been suspended for abuse violations, and explain which policy or policies they have violated and which content was in violation,” according to Twitter.

The blowback to the ban was swift, with many conservatives demanding an explanation from Twitter.

Kelly, 37, predicted back in August that he would eventually be banned from Twitter.

“They just knew [Alex] Jones was the weak member of the herd. They could pick him off as a test run,” wrote Kelly in The Federalist. “Next they’re coming for you.” 

The ban comes four days after far-right activist and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer was banned from Twitter after her criticism of Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Twitter declined to comment on Kelly’s ban, citing privacy and security reasons.

Updated at 8:17 a.m.


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