Twitter temporarily suspended the account of communications director for GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik late Wednesday, reinstating it Thursday morning.
Karoline Leavitt, Stefanik’s communications director, in an interview with Fox News Tuesday morning, said she was given no explanation from Twitter after she was locked out of her account Wednesday night.
A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News that the account was suspended “in error.”
“This has been reversed, and the account has been reinstated,” the spokesperson said. “The account’s followers will take 24-48 hours to fully restore.”
“The only reason I can think that Twitter would have suspended me is that I followed several Republican members of Congress and GOP activists at once last night, and within minutes, my account had been suspended,” Leavitt told Fox News.
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Leavitt, who worked at the White House during the Trump administration, said her last posts were all related to Stefanik’s efforts to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference chair, including a retweet of a post previewing Stefanik’s interview on Steve Bannon’s show.
Leavitt also told Fox News she tweeted out a link to former President Trump’s new communications platform, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”
“Maybe because I’m sharing former President Trump’s website and tweeted out the official link?” Leavitt speculated.
“Republicans have been screaming from the rooftops for months that if they can silence the president of the United States, they can silence you,” Leavitt continued. “That is not just a Republican talking point. That is the truth. That’s what’s happening here.”
Leavitt said she is the “spokesperson for an official member of Congress going through one of her most contested news cycles in her career.”
“I need access to the platform,” she said. “The fact that Twitter is suspending me for no rhyme or reason is insane.”
Stefanik herself weighed in, breaking the news of Leavitt’s suspension.
“BIG TECH on the MOVE! Twitter just suspended my Communications Director,” Stefanik tweeted, calling it an “unconstitutional overreach SILENCING our voices and freedom of speech.”
“Republicans are united in fighting back against Big Tech’s tyranny,” Stefanik said. “Millions of Americans will not be silenced!”
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