On Wednesday, Twitter said it will not reverse its decision to ban far-right activist and self-described “proud Islamophobe” Laura Loomer from its platform.
“The account owner, Laura Loomer, was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules, and we do not plan to reverse that enforcement action,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.
The spokesperson also declined to comment on the exact post or action which triggered Loomer’s removal from the platform.
She was removed from Twitter in November of 2018 after she persistently harassed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. In one of her many tweets about Omar, Loomer claimed that the Somali-American supported female genital mutilation because she is Muslim.
in 2017, she tweeted “how many more people need to die before everyone agrees that Islam is cancer & we should never let another Muslim into the civilized world? “That same year she was banned from Uber and Lyft after she tweeted that “someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of @uber or @lyft.”
Loomer, 27, won the GOP primary for Florida’s 21st District, home to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, on Tuesday evening. She will face off against Rep. Lois Frankel (D) in Florida’s 21st Congressional District this fall. Frankel will be the heavy favorite in the fall given the district’s leanings. She ran unopposed for reelection in 2018.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that Loomer has “a great chance against a Pelosi puppet” in November, referring to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) both endorsed Loomer. Trump had also congratulated Majorie Taylor Greene, who wone her GOP primary in Georgia earlier this month.
On Wednesday, Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, addressed a reporter’s question about Loomer’s anti-Muslim views as well as those of Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won her GOP primary in Georgia earlier this month.
“The president routinely congratulates people who officially get the Republican nomination for Congress, so he does that as a matter of course,” McEnany said.
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