Since Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was officially announced, stalwart advocates of free speech have been testing the water to discover just how much of an impact the billionaire has had until the privatization is finalized later this year, and for Mike Lindell, there’s been no change.
The MyPillow founder and CEO was in attendance at the most recent Save America rally in Greenwood, Neb., headlined by former President Donald Trump when he decided to share a special announcement. While talking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, he was pleased to tell viewers at home that, after more than a year of remaining banned from the social media platform, he had created a brand new account on Twitter.
The account had gone live earlier in the day and Lindell had already offered up his first post at 1:25 pm when he made the announcement just before three in the afternoon.
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) May 1, 2022
In his first tweet back on the platform, Lindell asked followers to “SPREAD THE WORD” that he was back, writing, “Hello everybody, I’M BACK ON TWITTER. My only account is @MikeJLindell! Please RT and FOLLOW to SPREAD THE WORD.”
Those viewers were more than happy to get the word out as, according to Newsweek, within about five minutes the account had obtained over 20,000 followers. With the video included to verify the account was authentic, Lindell managed to acquire nearly 40,000 followers in a few short hours.
“Hello everyone on Twitter. This is Mike Lindell,” he said while seated on a plane. “I’m here to tell you about my new account here, @MikeJLindell. That’s the only account over here at Twitter that I’m using. All those other ones are fake accounts and they’ve been using my name out there.
“So we started this account,” Lindell explained. “Please share it with everybody you know. Let everybody you know – so we can get the word out over here at Twitter in case they do take it down. And thanks a lot for helping out. Thank you and God bless.”
Mike Lindell has been re-banned from Twitter. pic.twitter.com/K1viOoto2a
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) May 1, 2022
However, by 5:00 pm, Twitter had removed the newly created account and explained to Newsweek that the businessman had violated their rules on ban evasion. Lindell’s original account had been permanently suspended in Jan. 2021, “due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” a statement from Twitter explained.
“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civil processes,” the statement went on and, though they did not specify, the inference at the time was that Twitter may have tangentially linked Lindell’s posts to the incident at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
While previously suspended accounts like Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Truckers for Freedom had resumed activity, and even some who had voluntarily left the platform like radio host Mark Levin, returned, the reappearance of the pillow tycoon was too much for the snowflakes out there who set about reporting him to the Twitter police.
I reported the account!
— Diane Bernaerts 🇧🇪🇺🇦 🌊🌊🌊 (@DianeBernaerts) May 1, 2022
I reported the account as fake. twitter doesn’t seem to have a category for accounts that try to sneak by the ban evasion rule.
— Lisa 🌻🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@lisabunntx) May 1, 2022
— 🌊Resist the right-wing takeover🌊 (@tbluvoter) May 1, 2022
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