Trump supporter Bill Mitchell, with over half a million followers, permanently booted from Twitter for ‘opposing masks’

Conservative pundit Bill Mitchell has been kicked off of Twitter for good, with the controversial Trump fan saying his opposition to face masks did him in. The perma-ban has stoked cries of censorship from voices on the right.

Mitchell announced his ban in a post on Parler on Friday, laying his Twitter handle to rest after accumulating more than 600,000 followers. Earning regular retweets from President Donald Trump, the account was a source of controversy, at times backing ‘QAnon’ conspiracy theories and voicing skepticism toward Covid-19, among other things.

“Twitter just suspended me for opposing masks. Who knows if I’ll ever be back,” Mitchell wrote, adding sarcastically “I’m sure their decision wasn’t political at all.”

While he did not elaborate further on the ban, Mitchell was reportedly first handed a 7-day suspension for a mask-related post, which is believed to have been made permanent after he posted from a secondary account for his media company, YourVoice America. A Twitter spokesperson told Daily Beast political reporter Will Sommer that Mitchell had violated the platform’s rule on “ban evasion,” which bars users from tweeting from alternative accounts once handed a suspension or ban.

The high-profile expulsion made waves on social media, sending some outraged conservatives to dub the move “draconian censorship,” even those who said they disagreed with Mitchell’s more contentious views.

The pundit’s detractors had a different take on the ban, with one blue check celebrating that “one of the very dumbest people on Twitter” was now off the platform, while others compiled a list of ‘greatest hits’ from Mitchell’s handle.

Mitchell’s wasn’t the only popular account to fall on Friday, as ‘Tatiania McGrath’ was also given a temporary suspension, though the reason remains unclear. The parody persona, who dubs ‘herself’ a “radical intersectionalist poet,” was created by journalist and comedian Andrew Doyle, satirizing social justice activists with deliberately outrageous, but seemingly sincere, hot takes.

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