Twitter banned Jesse Kelly, a radio host, media personality, and former Republican congressional candidate earlier today, for reasons that are currently unknown.
Jesse Kelly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004, and saw combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service in the Marines, Kelly contested multiple congressional races in Arizona.
Kelly was the Republican nominee in Arizona’s 8th district in 2010, where he came within a single percentage point of beating incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. After withdrawing from a brief attempt to secure the Republican nomination for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district in 2012, Kelly successfully sought the Republican nomination for the special election in Arizona’s 8th district in the same year, although he ultimately lost that election to Democrat Ron Barber.
It’s unknown if Kelly will run for office again, but if he does he’ll have to do so without a Twitter account — a major disadvantage for a politician in the digital era.
Kelly currently hosts The Jesse Kelly Show on iHeart Radio. He frequently appears as a guest on Fox News and other cable networks. Coincidentally, his most recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show was about internet censorship, which Kelly now appears to be a victim of.
Kelly’s suspension sparked outrage on Twitter, where the marine corps veteran had a large following. Multiple conservative and populist figures spoke out against his ban from the platform. Some populists also criticized establishment conservative “conservabros” who previously defended big tech’s ban of Alex Jones now speaking out against Kelly’s suspension.
Raise your hand if you agree censorship is un-American! #FreeJesseKelly
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 26, 2018
Periodic reminder that if you are a conservative and you are against regulating big tech, you are wronghttps://t.co/6QcrlWgxFc
— Will Chamberlain 🇺🇸 (@willchamberlain) November 25, 2018
Go to Iraq
Be told you're fighting for freedom
Come to America
Get banned by social media companies
Be told by chickenhawk conservatives that you deserve to be banned
Welcome to the GOP!
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 26, 2018
What the hell is this? Twitter is a complete joke. Just be honest and admit you’re a corporate, in-kind donation to the Progressive movement and stop pretending you’re a social media “platform.” pic.twitter.com/t667s0DMz7
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 26, 2018
I think all of us are on borrowed time. https://t.co/Fx2duMJpFl
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) November 25, 2018
And now they’ve banned Jesse Kelly for … well, I’m not sure exactly. There’s no bias though! None whatsoever! https://t.co/6MIAhnAnuT
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 26, 2018
Conserbros who were all about that censorship life when Alex Jones got got are wild now that Jesse Kelly is gone.
Jesse was a mild guy, but going after lamestream conservatives was always the play.
Can’t wait until Ben Shapiro is banned for transphobia. pic.twitter.com/H8xI5KzyCJ
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 25, 2018
Just 3 months ago pic.twitter.com/kkJYAP5t8U
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 25, 2018
Kelly himself previously warned that the ban of Jones and InfoWars was part of a slippery slope that would eventually affect all conservatives on social media. “They just knew Jones was the weak member of the herd. They could pick him off as a test run” wrote Kelly. “Next they’re coming for you.”
Breitbart News has reached out to Twitter for comment.