FL Republican’s stern message to Twitter over timely suspension: ‘You can’t silence me because I’m a black conservative’

The night before Tuesday’s primary elections, Twitter permanently suspended the account of a Florida Republican who is attempting to flip a U.S. House seat from blue to red.

(Video: Fox News)

“You can’t silence me… because I’m a black conservative,” the congressional candidate asserted about what he considers a civil rights issue.

Fortunately, Dr. Drew Montez Clark was unopposed, so there was no actual GOP primary for the 20th congressional district in the Fort Lauderdale area, and his account was subsequently reinstated after Twitter claimed the ban was the result of a so-called false positive.

Upon his account being revived, he declared in a message on the platform that “This is election interference, bordering on criminality.”

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Dr. Clark cast doubt on the explanation at a time of heightened interest in primary candidates generally during a discussion with the early morning show’s co-host Todd Piro in the video clip embedded above.

“I think it’s really suspicious…and what’s been said is it was…an algorithm glitch, but I don’t think anyone in my district believes it was a glitch, I don’t think anybody in the state of Florida believes it was a glitch, and I would doubt that anybody watching this show thinks it’s a glitch to silence a black conservative on the eve of the election. At this particular point, I don’t know how we can allow this to happen because this is a pure example of electioneering, interfering with the election. And we cannot allow that to stand.”

Piro then cited Twitter’s response that its “automated system produced a false positive.”

Dr. Clark was understandably dubious, especially in the run-up to November:

“What I call it is election interference…we were with [Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis] last night. We had a conversation with him. He is aware of what’s happening here. This is precisely why he signed into law S.B. 7072 because he knew this was gonna happen. I think the bigger question is — is this an isolated incident or is this a precursor to what we can expect in the general [election].”

Probably speaking for the audience, Piro then wondered why these Big Tech blunders keep occurring “to conservatives when conservatives are in the public spotlight. Why does it never happen the other way?”

Clark replied that “I think that’s a fair question. I think that’s a question that we actually need to seek the answer to. To take this a step further, I’m considering this, at this particular point, a modern civil rights issue. I went from being persecuted for the color of my skin, let’s just say, because we know the history of the country, to now being persecuted because I happen to be a conservative.

“This should be protected. So the same reason you can’t silence me because I have a different viewpoint, or I’m a conservative, is the same way you can’t silence me because of the color of my skin, because I’m happily married, because I’m a black conservative. I have four daughters. That doesn’t work, so neither should it work to silence me because I have a dissenting opinion.”

The GOP candidate called the de-platforming or censorship a bipartisan issue, although he said he did not hear from any Democrats about the erroneous suspension.

He did get backing from U.S. Reps. Byron Donalds (R-Fla) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). He added that the account was reactivated about two hours after Florida’s Republican Party chair and state senator Joe Gruters tweeted about the situation “the same way it was mysteriously, permanently banned without notification or warning.”

Piro punctuated the conversation with the quip that “if you can handle four daughters, you can handle Twitter.”

In what is going to be an uphill struggle in the liberal constituency, Clark is vying for the House seat held by incumbent Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick who won a special election in January following the death of longtime U.S Rep. Alcee Hastings.

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