Twitter permanently bans GOP candidate for racist Meghan Markle tweet
This May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot, and it seems like everyone has a case of Royal Wedding Fever. Well, almost everyone. GOP congressional candidate Paul Nehlen tweeted a racist picture of the bride-to-be, and has been permanently banned from the platform. (It turns out he just has a case of Racist Fever.)
Last Friday the Wisconsin Republican tweeted a photo of the royal couple, in which he compares Meghan to the "Cheddar Man." In case you're not familiar with your 10,000-year-old fossils, the Cheddar Man is the oldest complete skeleton found in the United Kingdom. Originally geneticists assumed he had pale skin and fair hair, but recently they discovered that he had dark skin and black hair. So, Nehlen superimposed a reconstructed image of the Cheddar Man over Meghan's face, with the "hilarious" caption: "Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?" (Wow. And just in time for Black History Month!)
Nehlen is running to replace the House Speaker, Republican Paul Ryan, which probably isn't going to go very well after this stunt. People were quick to condemn the tweet, for obvious reasons. (Seriously, what was he thinking?) Actor Patrick J. Adams, Meghan's former co-star on the TV Suits, even joined the fray. He tweeted to Nehlen, "You’re a sad and sick man with no sense of shame or class. Get a life. And don’t go anywhere near MM - she’s got more power, strength, honor and compassion in her fingernail than you’ll ever know in this lifetime. Way above your weight class."
After posting the racist tweet, Nehlen realized the error of his ways and sincerely apologized. Just kidding. He followed it up with another ridiculous tweet, defending his racist joke. Apparently, he's really upset about the Cheddar Man's skin tone, and is not a big fan of "science" or "facts." Nehlen wrote, "Publishing an article about *disappearing* whites or *dispossessing* whites of their homelands is wrong; made worse when claiming "science" to "prove" whites never existed. I made a joke of it. It's not a laughing matter, so I chose to laugh about it." Yeah, really funny material. Stay tuned for Nehlen's upcoming stand-up comedy special, "Crazy Racist."
This isn't the first time Nehlen posted something offensive on Twitter. Last month he received scathing criticism after tweeting a list of his critics and calling most of them Jewish. Then, when people called his campaign to complain, he responded by tweeting their names, email addresses and phone numbers. And in December, the Huffington Post asked him three times if he was a white supremacist, and he either dodged the question or ignored it. So, all in all, quite an outstanding candidate for Congressman.
In response, Twitter has permanently banned Nehlen's account "for repeated violations of our terms of service." The social media website has revolutionized the way we communicate in many positive ways. However, it's also given people such as Nehlen a platform for spreading hate speech (or bullying others). It's good to know such disturbing behavior won't be tolerated.
Judging from Nehlen's past actions, it's not surprising he made the racist joke, but it is surprising he is running for Congress. I'd say right now his chances of winning are about as good as getting an invite to The Royal Wedding.