Several days ago, former Sheriff David Clarke, a well-known Trump supporter, was temporarily suspended from Twitter for publishing several tweets bashing the “lying liberal media.” Although his account has since been restored, before giving back complete control, Twitter first allegedly forced him to take down the tweets.
Specifically, Sheriff Clarke was recently suspended from Twitter for posting three tweets that reportedly violated the platform’s terms of service. “BREAKING NEWS! When Lying Lib MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD,” wrote Clarke in one of the tweets, noting, “nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood.”
The tweet, which outraged countless people, also included a photoshopped image featuring President Donald Trump, Sheriff Clarke, and a person with a CNN logo instead of a head. In the image, President Trump can be seen holding the person with the CNN logo for a head while Clarke kicks that individual in the face.
After receiving a massive amount of backlash over the tweet, Clarke responded by tweeting, “LYING LIB MEDIA and WHINEY LIBS can’t take the heat. They pick a fight with me putting out FAKE NEWS and when I clobber them for doing it they run to mommy looking for help. They are still making Twitter complaints over my tweets. None have been sustained.”
In a follow-up tweet, he added, “winning against LYING LIB MEDIA and Whiney SNOWFLAKES again. Like [Donald Trump] said, we’ll win so much we’ll never get tired of winning. Not yet however. Diaper wearing left didn’t like my metaphor reference to punching LYING LIB MEDIA in the nose. Twitter said no violation. Duh.”
Three tweets have been deleted from @SheriffClarke's timeline (screenshots below), including one about making the news media "taste their own blood" and two that referenced complaints made to Twitter about the "blood" tweet. pic.twitter.com/2mvM9UqJz3
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) January 2, 2018
Unfortunately, Clarke spoke too soon in the third tweet as he received a message from Twitter soon after telling him that what he wrote, did, in fact, violate their terms of service. They also told him that as a consequence, they decided to temporarily place his account in “read-only mode,” which prevents a user from posting new tweets.
“We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,” explained Twitter in a message that they sent to Clarke.
Begrudgingly, Clarke listened to them and subsequently deleted the tweets from his account. Twitter then removed the restrictions that they had placed on his account so that Clarke could resume tweeting.
Upon returning to the platform, Clarke responded to being suspended by defiantly posting another anti-media tweet. “I will NOT be Intimidated into silence by LYING LIB MEDIA. I will NOT be intimidated by LIBERAL hyper partisan government HACKS who weaponize government authorirty [sic] to go after people whose views they don’t like,” wrote Clarke, adding, “I will STAND AND FIGHT for TRUTH & what I believe is RIGHT. JOIN ME.”
I will NOT be Intimidated into silence by LYING LIB MEDIA. I will NOT be intimidated by LIBERAL hyper partisan government HACKS who weaponize government authorirty to go after people whose views they don't like. I will STAND AND FIGHT for TRUTH & what I believe is RIGHT. JOIN ME. pic.twitter.com/8yLEQvRSpX
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) January 2, 2018
When asked for a comment from Clarke about his recent suspension from Twitter, a member of his team told reporters, “the Sheriff is unavailable at the moment but it appears the account was momentarily locked but it has since been restored and no tweets were required to be removed. His tweets today are evidence the account is working without restriction. Must be just another fake news story…”
Clarke’s renewed criticism of the “lying liberal media” comes shortly after several articles were published about a search warrant request for the former Sheriff’s emails. In the articles, the authors falsely implied that the investigation was ongoing even though it wasn’t.
Unsurprisingly, Clarke was absolutely outraged by the blatant misinformation being spread about him. “Lib media trying to silence me with FAKE NEWS reports of an FBI investigation because I have been wearing them out in messaging,” he tweeted, referring to the misleading articles. “It won’t work. I am not under any investigation. I will increase the hammering of them because they are scum buckets. The truth always wins in the end,” he added.
Without a doubt, Clarke’s suspension from Twitter further highlights the platform’s bias against conservatives. Hopefully, though, Clarke and anyone else who the authoritarian left tries to censor remain defiant and continue to speak out against liberal corruption.