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Laura Loomer: “Silenced in America for Simply Telling the Truth”

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Independent journalist Laura Loomer, who we’ve already mentioned in another article, has become another person silenced in the U.S. for telling the truth and the latest conservative media figure to be permanently banned from Twitter, which  is, according to its website, “a safe place for free expression.” Earlier, Alex Jones of InfoWars was kicked off all platforms for his controversial style and banned from every major social media platform in a new ploy to censor conservative voices that don’t agree with the norm. Who’s next?

On November 21, right-wing investigative journalist Laura Loomer was permanently suspended from Twitter over a tweet wherein she criticized Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN) – the first Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress – and Islamic practices like female genital mutilation (FGM). Loomer called Omar “anti-Jewish” and said she is a member of a religion where “homosexuals are oppressed” and “women are abused” and “forced to wear the hijab.”

“Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate ‘women, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” she tweeted. “Ilhan is pro Sharia Ilhan is pro-FGM Under Sharia, homosexuals are oppressed & killed. Women are abused & forced to wear the hijab. Ilhan is anti Jewish.”

The tweet apparently violated Twitter’s “rules against hateful conduct,” which seem to be applied fast and loose and mostly dependent on one’s political ideology. Loomer, who is Jewish, had accumulated over 265,000 followers on Twitter before she was effectively silenced. She has taken the attack to the likes of Keith Ellison, the Las Vegas Shooting, and pro-Sharia Democrat candidates across the country that have publicly stated they do not like Jews.

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Loomer insisted that she did not violate Twitter’s terms. “Everything I said is 100 percent true and factual. It’s not malicious, it’s not mean, it’s not hateful,” she said.

In the meantime, Rep. Omar, criticized by Loomer, has a history of anti-Israel comments, and voted against a bill that would block efforts to boycott Israeli businesses.

“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” said Omar in a tweet from 2012, which she defended as recently as May 2018.

It took Facebook less than 24 hours to issue a suspension against Loomer.

Loomer, who had more than 250,000 followers on Twitter and is still on YouTube and Gab, claimed the ban would make her a “martyr for the cause.” “I am sure Trump is going to get wind of this,” she said.

Laura has already got used to being blocked, though. She was blocked last year from using ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft after she posted a series of anti-Muslim tweets in response to a terrorist attack in New York.

In November 2017, the former Rebel Media contributor was in Lower Manhattan at the scene of a terroristic car massacre trying to find a “non-Muslim cab,” which it took her more than 30 minutes to do, and took several photos of random Muslims “aimlessly walking around in hijabs.”

The terrorist attack in New York City turned out to have been carried out by a man authorities identified as a former Uber driver. Sayfullo Saipov was accused of steering a rented truck into a bike lane, killing eight people and injuring 12.

After learning about that, Laura tweeted that “Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver,” afterwards noting the supposedly high number of Muslim drivers was “extremely unfortunate and this is a conversation we need to have for our safety.”

Loomer also retweeted a Twitter user who said they were kicked out of an Uber in September for being Jewish. Uber declined to comment on the accusation but reacted swiftly to Laura’s complaints by barring her.

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In a brief email, Uber told Business Insider that Laura Loomer had been barred for violating the platform’s community guidelines. Lyft also deactivated Loomer’s account.

In a statement on Gab, which describes itself as “the free speech network” and recently gained attention for being used by the gunman in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Loomer said she has been “silenced in America for simply telling the truth.”

“Free speech is under attack by the Left and big tech companies in this country,” said Loomer, adding, “My haters are celebrating today, and they are saying this is the end of my career, but I want everyone to know I’m just getting started. Everyone who knows me knows I don’t back down.”

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In a video posted to YouTube in response to the Twitter ban, she pleaded with President Trump to take action.

“If you want to win in 2020 you have to ensure your supporters have a voice on social media,” Loomer said.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart editor who was banned from Twitter two years ago, called the suspension against Loomer “political warfare.” “She was banned for criticizing an elected politician,” he said on Facebook.

CRTV contributor Michelle Malkin called out Twitter for one-sided bias and hostility to true free speech in a new video Monday, criticizing the social media platform for banning Loomer while tolerating hateful rhetoric from the Left. Malkin contrasted Loomer’s treatment with that of New York Times journalist Sarah Jeong, who previously sent hateful and racist tweets about white people and was ignored by Twitter’s terms of service enforcers.

“Their wildly different treatment by Twitter tells you everything you need to know about Silicon Valley’s free speech double standards,” Malkin said.

Even the Washington Examiner that apparently has little sympathy for Laura as it called her “a professional idiot” admitted that Loomer’s tweet “isn’t grounds for banning anyone from Twitter.”

America First Media Group headed by Matt Couch, Laura’s colleague, put forth a reasonable question: “If they can suspend the likes of Loomer and Jones, who’s next? That question has to be pondered by conservative journalists everywhere. This is a developing story.”

As for now, Laura plans to sue Twitter for punting her from the platform.

“I’ve been silenced in America. I’ve been silenced as a journalist for reporting the truth. It’s egregious.”

Author: USA Really