The "offense" was a post urging motorists to run down protesters. In America, the Nutbags have a deity given right to be Nutbags. However the Corporation known as "Twitter" apparently does not have to play along.
Can’t imagine why they’d do that, except that it seems to be happening to a lot of people for no obvious reason. It’s as if, despite assurances to the contrary, Twitter is out to silence voices it disagrees with or something.
UPDATE: Ah, it was about this tweet.
Sorry, blocking the interstate is dangerous, and trapping people in their cars and surrounding them is a threat. Driving on is self-preservation, especially when we’ve had mobs destroying property and injuring and killing people. But if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Was just on Hugh Hewitt talking about this. Since Twitter won’t let me respond to — or even see — my critics, let me expand here.
I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.
But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.
“Run them down” perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.
Meanwhile, regarding Twitter: I don’t even know that this is why I was suspended, as I’ve heard nothing from Twitter at all. They tell users and investors that they don’t censor, but they seem awfully quick to suspend people on one side of the debate and, as people over at Twitchy note, awfully tolerant of outright threats on the other.
Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.Its tough being a right wing professor with your taxpayer funded healthcare and your taxpayer funded pension and your taxpayer funded salary breathing taxpayer funded clean air and styling with taxpayer funded safe drinking water. You got your loot safe in government regulated bank or government patrolled retired accounts - those safeguards funded by taxpayers, naturally.
It all gives you, the right wing professor, much in the manner you could not do if you were pulling a double shift at the Piggly Wiggly or riding the circuits spending all your waking hours lawyering disputes over cows and the like, the time and "freedom" to philosophize on the Taxpayer funded and government created internets, naturally, about the many ways that you - the right wing professor - are oppressed by the government and the Kenyan Strongman.
AND NOW, if this daily oppression is not bad enough, the outrages get worse. The FREE MARKET, in its wisdom, has thrown the banner hammer down on you, ironically exercising its Freedom to exclude malcontents and losers from using its products. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. Apply with community "norms" of behavior and decency or head back to the hills, their policy goes.
And so it goes. The Right Wing Professor is forced to suffer increasing indignations from the government with its rules about poor folks being able to go see a doctor when they are sick -which does not affect you due to your government provided healthcare, but it still hurts your feelings. And now you face outright oppression by the "blessed" free market with its rules about "standards" and behavior and the like.