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Blogger Temporarily Suspended For Tweet About Elizabeth Warren, Who ‘Sounds A Little Bit Like Rachel Dolezal’

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:46 am

[guest post by Dana]

Conservative writer Erick Erickson received a temporary Twitter suspension for allegedly violating Twitter’s “hateful conduct” rules:


Surely it was the clumsy use of “Wampum” in his joke that triggered a conduct violation because Twitter wouldn’t be so biased that Erickson’s actual point to mock Warren for *falsely claiming* to be Native American was intentionally misconstrued as mocking a real Native American, right?

Warren reiterated that she is not a Native American during a radio interview this morning, saying, “I am not a person of color”:

During the interview, Warren acknowledged that she should not have claimed to have been Native American (and blamed her family for the mistake). She then made every effort to change the subject and focus on the policies she would enact if elected President. Radio host Charlamagne Tha God continued to press Warren on the matter of her Native American claims by asking whether she had ever benefited (financially or professionally) as a result. Warren said she had not. Looking a bit mystified, Charlamagne, with furrowed brow, lowered the boom:

You sound like the original Rachel Dolezal a little bit.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


24 Responses to “Blogger Temporarily Suspended For Tweet About Elizabeth Warren, Who ‘Sounds A Little Bit Like Rachel Dolezal’”

  1. Two things: Erickson should have been more careful than to use “Wampum” in the context that he did. Also, I’m reading comments that Charlamagne “bullied” Warren in the interview. I’m not seeing that.

    Dana (779465)

  2. Lieawatha just another impotent masshole.

    mg (8cbc69)

  3. The full interview with Elizabeth Warren is here.

    Dana (779465)

  4. Cheap shot from Erickson. Not even a good acronym. There’s no word that starts with “M”. But that’s between him and his followers. I don’t see how he violated the alleged Twitter rule.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. “Charlamagne Tha God”?

    I do not know these people, but they are known to God, who will deal with them as His justice, tempered with His mercy, deems right.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  6. Twitter delenda est.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  7. She then made every effort to change the subject and focus on the policies she would enact if elected President.

    Sounds like that would have been a much better interview.

    Time123 (f5cf77)

  8. Good.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  9. Twitter delenda est.

    Beldar, it always cracks me up when you say this. First, it sounds like an example of an old person’s You Kids Get Off My Lawn! angst, when in fact you are young. Second, while I agree that Twitter can be a rank cesspool, the fact of the matter remains that Twitter is where most political conversation starts these days. It is a place where one can engage, challenge, mock, debate and attack any and all in the forum. It’s not going away anytime soon.

    The thing with Erickson is, he knows better. He’s been a participant on the platform and online for some time, and knows how these things go. He opted for being clever instead of being prudent. To me, that speaks to the inherent danger of Twitter (and why I don’t have an account): It’s just begging for quick, snarky jokes all day, every day, about everything. Consequences be damned, I must make a funny at someone’s expense.

    Anyway, while it has the potential to lower the level of discourse, it can also be devastatingly beautiful in its larger purpose, as well as simply inspiring kindness, and so forth.

    Dana (779465)

  10. P.S. You know that I say this with a smile, and as someone in the same age bracket (if not, older!), friend Beldar.

    Dana (779465)

  11. stop whining like little girls since when did conservatives want government interference with business. start your own twitter or use gab. what cry babies you are. you have no problem with censoring here.

    lany (cc3899)

  12. with all the boards of credit card companies stacked with sjw’s former democratic officials and subsets of each, with every (redacted) outlet championing the lefts causes, echoed by a malpracticing educational establishment, a legal infrastructure, that is set about destroying public expressions of Christian faith in this country, but trump is the only problem, while they burn this country down to the foundations one can’t even complain about it,

    narciso (d1f714)

  13. misconstrued as mocking a real Native American, right?

    I think calling something, which doesn’t have that as its real name, or would never be used seriously, the WAMPUM Act could be construed as mocking or being inimical to native Americans. But it’s a subtle point.

    The point is, would Elizabeth Warren, in her most ambitious period of claiming to be of Indian heritage, ever have called a bill she authored something like that?

    nk: Not even a good acronym. There’s no word that starts with “M”.

    The M is the second letter in “American.” That sort of thing is not without recdent in acronyms especially to make them pronounceable.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  14. she has been an academic fraud, for nearly as long as she represented herself as a native American, her lead critic, passed away, the clones of the gdpr protocols now active in Europe, will throttle free expression, I have plenty of evidence of how much a jackalope Erickson is, but this is a parking ticket

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. Dan McLaughlin:

    “This is insane. If the standard is that you can’t satirize politicians over their dishonesty…that’s gonna be a real problem in 2020.”

    Of course it misses the point that Twitter can do whatever it wants. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. Also, Twitter makes their rules and as they have repeatedly demonstrated, can enforce them how and when they choose. It’s up to them, and it’s up to users to abide or face consequences.

    But further, while McLaughlin makes a solid, larger point, I think he misses that using Wampum in this context is to use a demeaning trope that is specific to all Native Americans, not just one individual who misrepresented herself as being Native American. That’s where Erickson screwed up.

    Honestly, though, my bottom line is: Why would I trust her on anything she has to say?

    Dana (779465)

  16. no it’s about how she would culturally appropriate elements alien to her background to impose her pigeon Marxism, admittedly charlamagnes’s response was more devastating, but how many were likely to here or see it, we’ve seen how any rival like scl Cambridge analytica, can be destroyed utterly for not towing the right editorial line, pro Hillary and pro remain,

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. yes, they note auschwitzim, then again they host Hezbollah and al queda that paradoxically practice holocaust denial, and promise a return of said behavior, whereas explicitly pro western and pro Israel regimes are shadow banned, if not proscribed outright,

    narciso (d1f714)

  18. “practice holocaust denial, and promise a return of said behavior”

    do they do it on Twitter?

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  19. yes, much like al gores’s Aljazeera acquisition,

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. “yes, much like al gores’s Aljazeera acquisition”

    This would have been a good place to show an example, rather than an unrelated link.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  21. @ Dana (#10): You’re again too kind, and thank you for sharing those two links. I agree with your characterizations of the subject matters in them. I see nothing in either, however, which makes me think better of Twitter. To the contrary, Ms. Brett’s series of tweets would be as well or better conveyed as a single blog post, and the Museum’s message could likewise be conveyed equally well or better in a medium that wasn’t subject to an arbitrary character limit. There is nothing Twitter does that the rest of the internet can’t do — its distinctive feature is, and has always been, arbitrarily limiting, to a fixed number of characters, every user’s content. That is a pernicious purpose, in my judgment, with an obviously pernicious effect; the world would be better off without it.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  22. (And you’re spot on about Erickson.)

    Beldar (fa637a)

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