The “Civility First conservative” crowd on Twitter finally dropped their argument that private companies like the Silicon Valley tech giant should be able to ban users at will – but only because one of their friends caught the axe.
Fox Commentator and right wing pundit Jesse Kelly was permanently suspended from the app Sunday for no apparent reason, adding to a long list that began with Milo Yiannopoulous in 2015, and has grown to include such figures as Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Laura Loomer.
But the “TruCon” crowd did not care about Jones, Stone or Loomer. They were “fringe,” according to the “principled conservative” crowd, which apparently believes that anyone who does not think or act exactly like them should be crushed by the thought police. How principled. And conservative.
The sentiment was summed up well by the vice president of Lone Conservative, a neoconservative opinion outlet for college students.
“I mean honestly, Jesse is no Alex Jones or Laura Loomer. This is a regular Fox News guest and Federalist contributor smh,” he said.
— Alec Sears (@SearsAl) November 26, 2018
In other words, “he thinks like me – how could they ban him?”
All of a sudden, the crowd of mostly #NeverTrump clowns came out in full force to support Kelly. The Daily Wire even wrote a column about it, though some of their staff equivocated after the banning of Loomer last week.
Many actual conservatives – those who support freedom of speech absolutely, regardless of the message, who is delivering it or whether the Palo Alto Mafia has the “right” to ban people – noticed this trend.
“Conservabros who defended tech censorship see the world differently now that Jesse Kelly has been suspended,” said author, filmmaker and lawyer Mike Cernovich.
Conservabros who defended tech censorship see the world differently now that Jesse Kelly has been suspended.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 25, 2018
“Funny how the ‘principled Conservatives’ who gave Twitter a pass for dumping Alex Jones (some of them piled on!) flipped out Sunday after Jesse Kelly was dumped,” said commentator Yossi Gestetner.
It is almost as though “principled conservatism” isn’t so principled after all.
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