Fox News contributor and host Pete Hegseth was suspended from Twitter in December after he supposedly violated the social media platform’s policies by posting a copy of a manifesto attributed to the Islamist terrorist who opened fire at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on Dec. 6 in an attack that killed three sailors and injured eight others.
Hegseth initially refused to take down the post as was demanded by Twitter, hence the suspension, but he has now returned to the platform after the tweet in question was deleted in what he described as a “sincere accident” on his part, the Washington Examiner reported.
Hegseth’s Twitter account restored
In the days after Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani, who was enrolled in a pilot training program at Pensacola, conducted his terrorist attack on the naval base, Hegseth posted a copy of the jihadist’s manifesto that described his Islamist motivations for the attack.
Twitter cried foul and locked Hegseth’s account unless and until he deleted the post, which the platform claimed was in violation of its “terrorism and violent extremism policy.”
In essence, by seeking to expose the violent ideology of the murderous terrorist, Twitter actually seemed to accuse Hegseth, a decidedly patriotic U.S. Army veteran, of perpetuating and promoting terrorism and violence.
Claiming he was “fighting for free speech,” Hegseth refused to delete the post and was suspended.
However, according to a statement posted to Twitter upon his return on Thursday, his account was suddenly unlocked after he had clicked the “remove” button on the offending post to see what would happen.
Deletion a “sincere accident”
In the brief statement, Hegseth explained, “Two months ago I was blocked from Twitter for exposing the words of an Islamist terrorist. Twitter deleted my tweet, and demanded I admit that I did something wrong. I refused. I will never, ever apologize or bow to Leftist tech tyrants like Twitter.”
“A few nights ago, while checking the app to see if I was still blocked, I casually clicked the ‘remove’ button for the tweet — believing it would, at the least, be a two-step process,” he continued. “Instead, I was instantly back into my account. It was a sincere accident on my part.”
“However, since I assume it won’t be long before I’m banned again, I’ll take this opportunity to do what Twitter hates: destroy Leftism, expose Islamism, and fight for Americanism,” Hegseth added.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 20, 2020
He’s back…for now
Given the strong stance Hegseth has taken in support of free speech and against social media censorship, it seems unlikely that he would intentionally delete the offending post simply to enable a return to the platform, so his explanation of the removal of the post in question being an “accident” is certainly plausible.
That said, and as Hegseth himself admitted, his return to Twitter may only last for a limited time in light of his tendency to push the envelope and take on controversial topics that Twitter would prefer be left unaddressed.