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Conservatives are blaming #Resistance bro Brian Krassenstein for MAGA meme-maker Carpe Donktum’s 12-hour temporary suspension from Twitter on Tuesday.
Carpe Donktum, a conservative whose work has been retweeted by the president in the past, photoshopped President Donald Trump into a spaghetti western movie scene where he slaps around a bad guy who was depicted as CNN journalist Jim Acosta.
After Carpe Donktum posted the clip to Twitter, Krassenstein, co-founder with his twin brother of the liberal blog Hill Report, called on his followers to report it, claiming that Carpe Donktum made a video where the president shot a member of the media.
This is the top Tweet under Trump's reply right now. This account, retweeted by Trump in the past, posted this meme of the President shooting @Acosta and other press.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 8, 2019
Please REPORT this to @Twitter
No wonder why "Conservatives get banned" from social media. https://t.co/fP4QgmAmHH
Replies to Krassenstein’s post show dozens of followers saying they had subsequently reported the meme. Soon after, Carpe Donktum’s Twitter account was suspended. Ali Alexander, a colleague of Carpe Donktum’s at pro-Trump media outlet Culttture, explained that the creative was being asked to either delete the tweet or be banned from the social network entirely.
Now, @CarpeDonktum has been locked out of his account for 12 hours *if he deletes his tweet* that encourages @realDonaldTrump to “build that wall.”— Ali Alexander (@ali) May 8, 2019
If he doesn’t, he’s banned forever.
He links this video meme.
Krassenstein encouraged mass reporting. https://t.co/7CQR5FfgpF pic.twitter.com/0qduD183lt
The incident coincided with actions throughout the past week by Facebook and Instagram to permanently ban multiple right-wing figures like Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones. In the past couple of days, several right-wing Twitter users, like activist David Horowitz, have also faced suspensions in what some conservatives are calling a purge. Twitter had reportedly claimed Horowitz’s suspension was a glitch, yet after reinstating his account he was once again suspended.
Some on the right believe that the banning of influential conservative figures across platforms is part of a wider “Big Tech” strategy or conspiracy to “hamstring” Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign.
In a bid to fight back in this instance, conservatives are demanding that Krassenstein be suspended from Twitter for encouraging users to mass-report Carpe Donktum’s tweet.
The Krassenstein brothers have violated the Twitter Terms of Service and abused the platform.— Ali Alexander (@ali) May 8, 2019
High profile Resist activists under investigation and still they remain unbanned from everywhere.
It pays to be a Democrat repeater of partisan talking points.
He slaps the press around, the gun is used as a distraction then at the end of the clip in defense.— Jose Luis Garcia (@heartofawhale) May 8, 2019
On his return to Twitter, after deleting the tweet in question, Carpe Donktum also blasted Krassenstein for asking followers “to fraudulently report.”
Asking your followers to fraudulently report a tweet violates the TOS.— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) May 8, 2019
Since we are taking memes seriosly... The only shooting that occurs is when Acosta tries to shoot Trump in the back and HE SHOOTS THE GUN.
Please proceed with your TOS violation tho. https://t.co/ZWGpeSKNEA
The Daily Dot contacted Twitter about the suspension and Krassenstein’s call for coordinated mass reporting but did not receive a response before publication.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.