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Roundup: Conservatives Who Cheered (And Some Who Smeared) Laura Loomer’s Twitter Protest

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Thursday, conservative reporter Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to Twitter’s headquarters in New York City in an epic protest of her ban from the platform and the silencing of conservatives on social media.

Most conservatives supported the protest, as Loomer took a powerful stand for the First Amendment. But other alleged “conservatives” had some grievances over the protest or with Loomer herself, which they aired while sitting behind their desks like the do-nothing’s they are. Here is the list of the good, the bad and the ugly:

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Michelle Malkin: Author and CRTV host Michelle Malkin has stood behind Loomer since she was banned.

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“Go, girl. Loomer & team have affixed huge side-by-side sign to Twitter HQ doorway comparing Farrakhan anti-Semitic tweet allowed by vs. her anti-Sharia tweet that got her banned,” Malkin Tweeted during Loomer’s protest.

Malkin has also derided the weak “conservatives” who have been choosy about who they think should have First Amendment rights, mostly the NeoConservative crowd.

“All those who stood up for who are now mocking Laura Loomer for protesting her Twitter ban because she dared to criticize Sharia & Ihlan Omar: You don’t get it. You never will,” she Tweeted.

Dinesh D’Souza: D’Souza, too, shared his support for Loomer.

“Laura Loomer called me just after being released and I told her she scored a home run against the narrow-minded creeps who tried to strike her out. How great that she is trending #1 on a platform where she doesn’t even have an account,” he said.

He also made some of the same observations as Malkin regarding the weaker “conservative” crowd.

“Some conservatives are uncomfortable with Laura Loomer’s confrontational strategy, offering instead their own whimper In private and warn that the world is coming to an end strategy,” he said.

Danielle D’Souza Gill: Dinesh’s daughter Danielle attended the protest to support Loomer, and live streamed it on Twitter, helping it trend at number one nationally.

“Any of us could be banned next. But I’d rather be banned by Twitter for advocating for than sit by while an egregious double standard continues ,” she said in one of multiple Tweets from the scene.

Mike Cernovich: Cernovich Tweeted his support for Loomer during and after her protest, noting that Loomer has more courage than most conservative men.

Ann Coulter: The firebrand author also Tweeted her support for Loomer.

“What on earth was she banned for??? Go, Laura!” she said.

CJ Pearson: The 16-year-old conservative pundit came out swinging in favor of Loomer. Subsequently, his Twitter account was suspended for his “age.” Twitter claims the suspension was an accident, but insiders who are in contact with the tech giant told Big League Politics that is highly unlikely.

Jack Posobiec: Posobiec has always supported Loomer, and he continued to do so Thursday. He bashed the political left for opposing the protest.

“The Left cheered when an illegal immigrant climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest deportation When Jewish activist Laura Loomer protested censorship they mocked her appearance,” he said.

HATERS:

Ben Shapiro: Shapiro has always been a member of the garden variety NeoConservative crowd. He is weak-kneed and incapable of understanding that, regardless of how much he genuflects the political left, eventually they will silence him too. He will simply be the last to get eaten. He was triggered by the fact that Loomer, a Jew, wore a yellow star during her protest.

“Three things can be true at once: 1. Loomer shouldn’t have been banned from Twitter. 2. Twitter is obviously looking to purge people with unpalatable political beliefs. 3. Wearing a yellow star to protest a Twitter ban is RIDICULOUS.” he said.

Kassy Dillon: Once part of the #MAGA crowd, Dillon has slowly pivoted towards NeoConservatism. As a former writer for her website, this reporter watched her sell out her beliefs during her last year of college in order ingratiate herself with Shapiro and the DailyWire. Now she is part of the cocktail conservative crowd and works for Shapiro’s site.

“Honestly impressed by how long this filibuster has been going. She’s been shouting for about an hour. Someone give her Green Eggs & Ham,” she said sarcastically.

“I don’t know how much longer I can listen to this. Her voice is piercing. I get why she’s upset, sure, but chaining yourself to private property is a bad move,” she Tweeted later.

Leave it to the loser “conservatives” to complain about Loomer’s voice from inside their cozy offices while Loomer actually takes a stand for the conservative value of freedom of expression.

Kyle Kashuv: The Parkland shooting survivor, too, is enamored with the Shapiro brand of conservatism. (You might be noticing a trend here). The high-schooler called Laura Loomer an “idiot,” and was also triggered by the Jewish star.

“Ratio me all you want, but Laura Loomer acting like an idiot and handcuffing herself to is crazy enough, forget about wearing a star that my grandparents who got burned alive were. Comparing being kicked off a private company’s platform to millions dying is despicable,” he said.

Kashuv might want to brush up on his history. Free expression was banned prior the totalitarian takeover by the Nazis, and of course, the Holocaust. History tends to provide clues about the future.

A note to conservatives who care about the First Amendment and the ability to speak freely: Whether or not you like Loomer, she has been unjustly shunned from public discourse. If something is not changed, we will all be next.

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Last week, the UK-based International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)and the Press Emblem Campaign held an information meeting in Geneva, to coincide with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey over hate crimes, minority, and LGBT rights, and press freedoms with a specific focus on the nation’s crackdown on these rights during the failed 2016 coup and the emergency rule that followed during which the government allegedly used its security powers to arrest thousands of people who opposed it.

Turkey’s human rights record was last reviewed in 2015 during the UPR. This was the third time in 10 years that Turkey’s record has come under review

Diplomats, minister, prominent members of Turkish media and human rights defenders – including those who have been forced into exile – were present at the event. Also in attendance was former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice Ambassador Stephen Rapp. Louise Pyne Jones, head of research, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) moderated the event. Two panels were held. The first was called “Press Freedom” and included Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of Ahval; Evin Baris Altintas, journalist and blogger; and Massimo Frigo; senior Legal Advisor for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ). The second panel, “Human Rights Defenders,” included Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci; president of the Human Rights Foundation in Turkey; Nurcan Baysal, award-winning Turkish Human Rights Defender and Journalist; and Anne van Wezel, former co-chair EESC EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.

Following an attempted, and failed, “coup” against the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party in 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused many of his opponents and naysayers, including journalists who were critical of him and his government, of supporting terrorism and prosecuted many of them. Erdogan also suggested that the attempted coup was the work of exiled Imam Fethullah Gulen and his movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. Turkey has asked for the United States to extradite Gulen. Gulen has been living in the United States in a self-imposed exile since 1999. Over 250 people died as a result of the failed coup attempt.

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Soon after the coup, Turkey implemented a state of emergency (SOE) which it said: “was put into effect in order to ensure the continuity of effective implementation of the measures for the protection of the rights and freedoms of our citizens, democracy and the rule of law.” However, the AK Party’s critics have maintained that the AK Party used the umbrella of its broader emergency powers and continuously postponed ending that state of emergency, in an attempt to destroy its political opposition.

Many journalists were apprehended under this state of emergency until it was lifted on July 19, 2018. As such, for three straight years, and up until 2019, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Turkey as the worst jailer of journalists in the world. According to Turkish, English, and Arabic-language news site Ahval, when China jailed 48 journalists to Turkey’s 47.

Nurcan Baysal, an award-winning Kurdish Human Rights Defender, Journalist, and contributor to Ahval, said she was even cautious with the words she used on the panel discussion for fear of punishment by the Turkish government. “We are censoring ourselves because of these fears,” Baysal said. “For example, before coming here I asked myself if I should use certain words, should I use the word invasion, or should I use the word war, because today in Turkey even to say war is forbidden,” she said. “Everything that I say has an effect on not only my life but of the lives of my children and family.”

Ahval editor in chief Yavuz Baydar said, “No state or power can decide who is a journalist, it is the domain for professional organizations and should always be separate from power.”

According to the IOHR, “In the previous UPR cycle of Turkey, the Turkish government officially supported 14 recommendations related to strengthening the legal framework on freedom of expression and 5 recommendations specifically related to bringing terrorism legislation in line with international human rights standards.

Hugh Williamson, the Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch recently said, “The huge number of journalists, politicians, and perceived government critics in prison and on trial flies in the face of the Turkish government’s public statements about the state of human rights in the country “Turkey’s disregard of human rights is a disservice to its citizens, who deserve to live with dignity and freedom.”

Meanwhile, Turkey’s state-run pro-government newspaper the Daily Sabah put out propaganda about the Erdogan government writing, “U.N. Human Rights Council highlighted Turkey’s achievements in the fields of judiciary, human rights and humanitarian causes on Tuesday during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva.”

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