Conservative journalist Laura Loomer has reportedly filed a lawsuit against both CAIR and Twitter over her 2018 blacklisting from the social network.
Breitbart In a post on her own website, conservative activist Laura Loomer revealed plans to sue social media website Twitter and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) over her blacklisting from Twitter’s platform. Loomer claims that CAIR influenced Twitter to ban her from their platform as she has been a regular critic of CAIR and their “favorite daughters”, Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
Loomer, who is being represented by New York free-speech attorney Ronald Coleman, commented on her plans to sue the social media platform stating:
The greatest threat to free speech today is political pressure being placed on corporate forums like Twitter. We are looking forward to a jury to hearing the bias and collusion between Twitter and the terrorist front-group, CAIR in their efforts to silence me and prevent me from fully operating my media company, Illoominate Media.
No one loves the free market more than I do, but shutting down dissenting voices by labeling them ‘hate speech’ has nothing to do with freedom. We’re aiming to restore liberty to the market of ideas and inquiry, and are eager for all the support we can get.
I am gratified to be able to begin this filing, which I hope will be the beginning of my redemption and liberation from big tech tyrants and terrorists, on the eve of Passover.
In November 2018, Loomer handcuffed herself to the door of Twitter’s New York offices in protest of her banning. At the time, Loomer wore a yellow Star of David on her jacket and announced: “I threw away the key, and I’m here for the millions of conservatives who have been censored by Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg.”
Loomer’s full legal complaint can be found here.
You can donate to Laura’s legal fund here: FreeLoomer
Loomer is often described as “anti-Muslim“. On November 1, 2017, following a terrorist attack in New York City, Loomer tweeted that she was late to a conference because she could not find a “non Muslim cab or @Uber @lyft driver”. She called for the creation of a new ride-sharing company which did not employ Muslims after it became known that the suspect in the attack was a former driver for Uber. The day-long “tweetstorm” blamed all Muslims for the activities of radical Islamists such as ISIS. Following this, both Uber and Lyft announced that she had violated their guidelines and was banned from using their services.
On November 21, 2018, The Daily Beast reported Loomer was permanently banned from Twitter for violating their rules on hate speech in a tweet referencing Ilhan Omar, a recently elected Democratic US congresswoman. In the tweet, Loomer described Omar, a Muslim, as “pro Sharia“, “pro-FGM” (female genital mutilation), and “anti-Jewish”.
In February 2019, Right Wing Watch reported that donations solicited by Loomer were going to the address of The United West, an organization which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as “anti-Muslim.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations also refers to it as “Islamophobic“.
At the time that she was banned from PayPal, shortly after the Right Wing Watch article was published, The Daily Beast described Loomer as an “anti-Muslim fanatic”