US politician Paul Nehlen's racist tweets at Meghan Markle see his account permanently suspended by Twitter

FP Staff

Feb,13 2018 13:51:40 IST

Twitter, apart from being the space where politicians and celebrities communicate with the public at large, is also the playground of racists and supremacists.

Time and again, Twitter has come under fire for allowing hateful, bigoted, and disturbing narratives to float around on its website. Whether it's Donald Trump re-tweeting a fake video tweeted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Far-Right extremist group Britain First; or eminent personalities falling for false news, Twitter has constantly been under fire for shaky and unclear policies.

But now, Twitter has had enough of Paul Nehlen — the man running as a GOP challenger in Wisconsin against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in the upcoming midterm elections.

Nehlen has long been considered to be a popular 'alt-white' figure, a white supremacist, nationalist, and an antisemitic. He frequently uses the phrase "It's okay to be white", and was backed by Steve Bannon; the same man who backed Trump during his Presidential election campaign. Thus, it is no surprise that Trump has been openly thankful to Nehlen and the support he has lent to Trump's campaign.

Now, it seems, Twitter has had enough of Nehlen's racist views being poured onto Twitter. Nehlen's account has been permanently suspended from the social media website. A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek that "while we normally do not comment on individual accounts, I can confirm that we have permanently suspended this account for repeated violations of our terms of service."

Meghan Markle/Image from Twitter.

Meghan Markle/Image from Twitter.

On 7 February, The Guardian published a scientific report about the "Cheddar man" — a prehistoric man that lived some 10,000 years ago and is Britain's oldest complete skeleton. Scientists recently concluded that the man would have had dark to black skin. This is what triggered another one of Nehlen's racist outbursts. Taking the scientific report as a sign of wiping away white people from history, Nehlen directed racist tweets at Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle with fiancé Prince Harry/Image from Twitter.

Meghan Markle with fiancé Prince Harry/Image from Twitter.

The former Suits actress, who is all set to marry Britain's Prince Harry, also happens to be biracial. Nehlen sent out a tweet saying, "Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?", with a picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle together. In the tweet, Markle's face was overlaid with an image of the Cheddar man. As the account has been permanently suspended, the original tweet is no longer visible on Twitter.

Nehlen, who is not the only antisemitic, neo-Nazi running in the upcoming midterm elections in the US, defended his original tweet with the following post on 11 February, according to a screenshot shared by another Twitter user.

Nehlen has been a repeat offender. In January last year, he tweeted, "Jesus is the Messiah. He is One with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Jews (and others) who do not acknowledge this fact will burn in hell." But his tweet about the future Princess of Britain proved to be the final straw for Twitter.

Updated Date: Feb 13, 2018 13:51 PM