On Saturday morning, Fox News personality Pete Hegseth, who is also an Army veteran who served in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, tweeted a screenshot allegedly from the Twitter account of Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi gunman who killed three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday morning. The tweet expressed hatred of America, and one line read:

“America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.”

Those words are a quote from Muslim “cleric” Anwar al-Awlaki, who posted them in March 2010 “in a message calling for jihad against the United States, suggesting the person posting the message was deeply familiar with al-Awlaki’s propaganda.”

Hegseth characterized Alshamrani as a terrorist and his attack as an act of terror and, well, that didn’t go over well with the Twitter gods. They told him to remove the tweet, or else.

Twitter Bans Pete Hegseth After He Posted Screenshot From Pensacola Terrorist

Hegseth posted a screenshot of the warning on Instagram and wrote under the photo:

Yesterday, I was BANNED from @twitter — because I posted a screen shot of the terrorist from Florida tweeting his Islamist motivations. That’s it, a screen shot of a terrorist in his own words.

If they can ban me, they will ban anyone. We need to fight back. Heck, I posted the terrorist screen shot on this post too, so stay tune for @instagram banning me too.

Big tech does the bidding of the Left, especially to include anyone who speaks truth about the threat of radical Islam.

He also re-posted the screenshot:

Twitter Bans Pete Hegseth After He Posted Screenshot From Pensacola Terrorist

Stars and Stripes reported Sunday that investigators believe the Twitter account did belong to the gunman.

Authorities believe the gunman made social media posts criticizing the U.S. under a user handle similar to his name, but federal law enforcement officials are investigating whether he authored the words or just posted them, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

And, the FBI confirmed that they presume the attack was “an act of terrorism.”

“We are, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” said Rachel J. Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Jacksonville.

In a separate Instagram post, Hegseth posted a screenshot of the appeal he was filing with Twitter, asking, “What are you afraid of?”

Twitter Bans Pete Hegseth After He Posted Screenshot From Pensacola Terrorist

Hegseth is absolutely correct. If they can do this to him, they can deplatform anyone. In my mind, the only reason they haven’t deplatformed Donald Trump is because he brings eyeballs to the site. (No publicity is bad publicity, ya know?)

We’ll all be staying tuned to see how Twitter responds, or if they respond at all.

Jennifer Van Laar
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