Social media conservative personality Laura Loomer was banned from Twitter because of a tweet directed at Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, a Muslim and Democrat who represents a district in Minneapolis. Loomer said in a video statement that she plans to sue Twitter for criticizing Omar, who is the first Muslim former refugee elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. “The reason I was suspended was simply for telling the truth,” said the 25-year-old Loomer. “I’ve been silenced in America. I’ve been silenced as a journalist for reporting the truth. It’s egregious.”

Loomer is Jewish. She has accused Omar of anti-Semitism and being supportive of Islamic sharia law and female genital mutilation. Loomer allegedly violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct. In a statement to Loomer, the social media giant said, “You may not promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease.” 

Before her suspension, Loomer had more than 260,000 followers, she said in the video. Referring to other social media figures, including former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and Infowars publisher Alex Jones, Loomer referred to her suspension as a “tipping point” toward litigation. “I am going to be filing a lawsuit against Twitter for this. Because this is egregious and its gone too far and they’ve done this to too many people,” she said on YouTube.

“Everything I said is 100 percent true. There’s not one thing in that tweet that isn’t true,” she added.

Yiannopoulos and Jones were permanently suspended by Twitter in July 2016 and September 2018, respectively. Twitter’s critics have cited the suspension as evidence of the platform’s alleged prejudice against conservative users. Another political personality banned by Twitter is Roger Stone, who was an adviser to President Donald Trump. After his suspension, Yiannopoulos also threatened to sue Twitter.

Loomer was banned by rideshare companies Uber and Lyft in 2017. She formerly worked for Rebel Media, which is based in Canada, and James O'Keefe's Veritas media organization.

The 37-year-old Omar received approximately 78 percent of the vote on Election Day, thereby defeating conservative Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski. Rep.-elect Omar is an immigrant who filled the seat vacated by departing Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who was the first Muslim elected to Congress. 


 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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