Twitter has banned for life Ed and Brian Krassenstein, the vile Trump Resistance brothers, and the left is declaring that this proves all is well with the social media giant because it shows they are unbiased in their punitive actions.
But not so fast.
The Krassenstein brothers, who amassed a massive following, were jettisoned for “operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions,” which isn’t the same as being suspended because of political opinions, as seen repeatedly on the right.
(Twitter would claim otherwise, of course.)
Just ask actor James Woods, who has blatantly stated that he was being censored by Twitter — the outspoken conservative actor has 2+ million followers and his account has been suspended for weeks.
He recently said that his tweeting days may be in the past if this is the norm.
“As long as [CEO] Jack Dorsey remains the coward he seems to be, my Twitter days are in the past,” Woods said in a statement.
Twitter presented the action against the Krassensteins as fair play.
“The Twitter Rules apply to everyone,” a company spokesperson said in a statement, according to The Daily Beast. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”
The online news outlet billed the brothers who regularly trolled President Trump and his supporters on Twitter as “heroes of the anti-Trump resistance.”
“Twitter claims that we manipulated our interactions through the purchase of fake accounts and fake interactions,” the brothers told the Daily Beast. “We’ve never once acquired anything for the purpose of increasing our Twitter presence.”
They claimed the secondary accounts were to monitor death threats and accounts for their businesses.
To be fair, the Daily Beast reported the Krassenstein brothers’ homes were raided in 2017 by federal agents investigating an alleged investment scheme — they were not charged, although agents reportedly seized half a million dollars from the brothers.
NBC reporter Ben Collins did his part in feeding the narrative that the decision was a matter of free speech — albeit in a joking manner.
“No matter how you feel about them, their truly Orwellian banishment is a stark reminder of the chilling effect that banning the Krassenstein brothers will have on free spe lol had you for a second,” he tweeted.
No matter how you feel about them, their truly Orwellian banishment is a stark reminder of the chilling effect that banning the Krassenstein brothers will have on free spe lol had you for a second
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) May 24, 2019
Either way, every time Twitter is criticized for censoring conservative voices, the left will forevermore cry out in unison, “But the Krassenstein brothers!”
Some were eager not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the fact remains that while not having the Krassenstein brothers around certainly improves the odor of the toxic wasteland known as Twitter, it does little to ensure that conservatives will be treated fairly.
BOOM! @realDonaldTrump issued an order allowing AG Barr
to declassify any information on the origins of the Russia investigation.
Also, both of the anti-Trump Krassenstein brothers were permanently banned from Twitter
for operating fake accounts.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 24, 2019
At the same time, there was much fun to be had. After all, this is social media, not the real world some so desperately try to make it out to be.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
If one Krassenstein gets banned, does the other one feel his pain?
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 23, 2019
It turns out Michael Avenatti was just two Krassenstein brothers in a trenchcoat all along
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 24, 2019
They would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids.
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) May 24, 2019
but who will reply to all of Trump's tweets now that the Krassenstein bros have been suspended?
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 24, 2019
There are so many great Krassenstein memories, but I think my favorite is when they sent me an obviously fake video from a “real estate conference” that for some reason was taking place in their kitchen, in which one of the brothers “admitted” to being paid for anti-Trump tweets.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 24, 2019
They just need to hire Avenatti to get them out of this. LOL.
— Louche Libertine (@WitStream1) May 23, 2019
Not sure what I’m going to do, I got all my news from the Krassensteins
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) May 24, 2019
RIP the Krassenstein brothers, died trying to run though a narrow door at the same time and then getting stuck in the door because they were too swole
— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) May 24, 2019
RIP the Krassenstein bros.
They are with Merrick Garland now. pic.twitter.com/zqcdxgKCix
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) May 24, 2019