Republican nominee for secretary of state of Arizona, Mark Finchem, was suspended from Twitter on Monday with no explanation a week before the midterm election and proceeded to call on Elon Musk to restore his free speech on the social media platform.
“Twitter has blocked my account from speaking truth with one week left until the election,” Finchem wrote on Facebook Monday evening.
“They are trying to put their thumb on the scales of this election. Tag Elon Musk and tell him to unban me right now. I am the Secretary of State nominee in a swing state running against the criminal Soros-funded candidate,” he asserted.
He went on to post a screenshot from Twitter that informed him that his account had been “temporarily limited.”
“They won’t say what I did wrong. Elon, this is not free speech,” Finchem remarked.
Musk responded to former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis who questioned the suspension, stating that he was “looking into it.”
Looking into it
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2022
On Monday, two hours after his suspension, Finchem’s Twitter account was restored ostensibly due to a personal intervention by Elon Musk.
Finchem thanked Musk and those who supported him after being suspended, “We are back! Thank you for stopping the commie who suspended me from Twitter a week before the election. Twitter is much better with you at the helm. Thank you.”
We are back! Thank you @elonmusk for stopping the commie who suspended me from Twitter a week before the election. Twitter is much better with you at the helm. Thank you @MediaRightNews1 @JennaEllisEsq @KariLake @Brick_Suit & others for spreading the word! #AZSOS https://t.co/TfdJNnnuIm
— Mark Finchem #JustFollowTheLaw VoteFinchem.com (@RealMarkFinchem) October 31, 2022
Finchem has always believed there was voter fraud in the last presidential election and has not been shy about saying so. It is a primary component of his campaign against his opponent Democrat Adrian Fontes.
He did an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night and wasn’t bashful about doubling down on his claims.
“Well, we’ve got information that’s been turned over to the attorney general’s office and you say that there was nothing there. OK. Then I’m gonna have to live with that. But do I know for a fact that there were other ballot trafficking operations around the country and some in Arizona? Yeah, I do,” Finchem told CBS’ Scott Pelley during the interview.
“Name one,” Pelley challenged him.
“Yuma County, 25,000 ballots,” Finchem unhesitatingly responded.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 30, 2022
“Same fingerprints on those ballots for five individuals. So where’d that go? Where’s that evidence? I know it’s been turned over to the attorney general’s office. I know that the FBI field office actually did the prints,” he replied to Pelley who wanted details.
“60 Minutes” charged “that’s false according to the FBI. Yuma County told us that no one in law enforcement fingerprinted 25,000 ballots. Finchem often says that evidence is with Attorney General Brnovich, implying that something big is coming.”
Musk also intervened on the behalf of another account on Friday.
The account @Rainmaker1973, which has over 700,000 followers and frequently tweets about science, announced that their account was suspended for posting “non-consensual nudity,” even though the flagged tweet was just about universe expansion.
Musk responded later in the day that he was looking into the problem.
“Sorry about that,” he tweeted. “Fixing as fast as possible!”
Sorry about that. Fixing as fast as possible!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
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