Twitter Bans Extremist GOP US House Candidate

Newsweek reports:

Twitter has suspended the account of alt-right GOP candidate Paul Nehlen after he was accused of racism for a tweet about Meghan Markle, fiancée of British royal Prince Harry.

In the tweet, he superimposed a picture on Markle’s image of the reconstructed appearance of Cheddar Man, an ancient Briton who experts now believe was dark skinned after conducting DNA tests on his 9,000-year-old remains.

A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek on Monday morning 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.”

Nehlen has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “a defiant mouthpiece for the racist ‘alt-right,’” and in January was suspended from Twitter for a week for violating rules banning anti-Semitic content. The ban came after he published a “Jewish media” list of reporters at news organizations with Stars of David superimposed on their pictures.