Self-described “Chief Twit” Elon Musk flexed his newfound Twitter powers Monday, vowing to investigate the suspension of Arizona GOP Secretary of State hopeful Mark Finchem. Within an hour, the Republican said he was reinstated and thanked Musk for taking quick action.
Finchem, who has championed election security and questioned the results of the 2020 contest, sent out an email to supporters Monday announcing his Twitter account was suspended and urging his followers to mount a pressure campaign to convince Musk to “unban” him.
“Twitter has blocked my account from speaking truth with one week left until the election. 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 wrote in an email to supporters.
Trump-aligned lawyer Jenna Ellis took note of Finchem’s plea and tagged Musk in a tweet, insisting that it was inappropriate for Finchem’s account to be suspended about a week out from the midterm elections. That got Musk’s attention.
“Looking into it,” Musk said in reply.
It was not immediately clear why Finchem’s account was suspended. The Washington Examiner reached out to Twitter for comment.
In declaring his return, Finchem thanked Musk and those who spread his statement about 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,” he said in his tweet.
(The Epoch Times) Arizona GOP Candidate’s Twitter Account Restored After Musk Writes He’s ‘Looking Into’ It
“It’s not clear why Finchem’s account was originally locked or if Musk was directly involved in reinstating his page. Twitter has not responded to a request for comment, and after Finchem’s account was restored, Musk has not posted about it since. Finchem, a Republican state representative, is competing against Democrat Adrian Fontes for Arizona’s Secretary of State office. Polls have shown the two are embroiled in a tight race.”
(Arizona Sun Times) Twitter Suspends Mark Finchem’s Account Three Days After Elon Musk’s Takeover, Eight Days Before the Election
“Just three days after tech mogul Elon Musk acquired Twitter, promising to bring free speech to the platform, the social media giant suspended Arizona secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem. The election is eight days away, and the Trump-endorsed state representative is running on a platform of combating voter fraud – a contentious topic that raises hackles on the Right and Left.”
(Arizona Free News) Twitter Suspended GOP Candidates Mark Finchem, Christian Lamar
“With one week left before Election Day, Twitter suspended Republican secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem and state representative candidate Christian Lamar. Within hours of notifying Twitter’s new, free speech-friendly owner, Elon Musk, Finchem was reinstated. Musk changed his Twitter bio to read ‘Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator’ around the same time. As of Tuesday morning, Lamar’s account was reinstated also.”
(One America News Network) Elon Musk Reinstates Mark Finchem’s Twitter Account
“Twitter suspended Arizona Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem’s account about one week before the general election. Supporters called on new Twitter CEO Elon Musk for help and he delivered. Daniel Baldwin has more.”
(Arizona Independent News Network) Musk Comes Through For Finchem After Twitter Account Locked
“On Monday, Twitter CEO and ‘Chief Twit’ Elon Musk blew up the Arizona-related twittersphere when he came to the rescue of Republican Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem after he was locked out of his account. Finchem posted on Facebook, ‘They won’t say what I did wrong. Elon, this is not free speech.’ He asked his Facebook friends to tag Musk on Twitter.”
(Media RIght News) Mark Finchem Reinstated Quickly After New Twitter Boss Elon Musk Vowed to Get to the Bottom of it
“Arizona Secretary of State GOP nominee Mark Finchem has had his Twitter account reinstated after new Twitter boss Elon Musk vowed to get to the bottom of it. After issuing a test tweet, Finchem announced in another tweet, ‘We are back! Thank you Elon Musk for stopping the commie who suspended me from Twitter a week before the election. Twitter is much better with you at the helm”
(The Freedom Times) Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator Elon Musk Restores Mark Finchem’s Account After Being Locked Out Days Before Election
“Elon Musk, the new ‘Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator’ — as listed on his profile’s bio — took action Monday after Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem’s Twitter account was ‘locked’ from ‘speaking truth’, days before the November 8 election. Finchem posted a screenshot on Truth Social of a notice he received from Twitter that said his account was temporarily placed in ‘read-only mode’ for allegedly violating the platform’s rules.”
(Independent Journal Review) GOP Candidate’s Twitter Account Locked 1 Week Before the Election – Then Elon Musk Appeared to Step In
“A Republican candidate’s Twitter account has been restored after the platform’s new owner vowed to look into the restriction. Jenna Ellis, a conservative commentator at Newsmax, tweeted a screenshot of an email sent out by Mark Finchem, Republican candidate for Arizona’s secretary of state. ‘Twitter has blocked my account from speaking truth with one week left until the election,’ the email read.”
(The Gateway Pundit) Elon Musk Restores Mark Finchem’s Account After Twitter Suspends Him 8 DAYS Before General Election
“Today, it was reported that Trump-Endorsed Arizona Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem’s Twitter account was suspended without cause. The Gateway Pundit reported that Elon Musk and Twitter reached a deal on Thursday, and Musk now owns the platform. But it appears the rogue Twitter employees are still censoring conservatives in order to influence this year’s election.”
(Blaze Media) Twitter blocked an Arizona Republican from posting — but less than an hour after Elon Musk said he was checking ‘into it,’ the candidate was tweeting again
“Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican who is currently running for Arizona secretary of state, was briefly sidelined on Twitter before being swiftly reinstated less than one hour after Elon Musk, who recently acquired the social media platform, took notice of Finchem’s plight. On Monday afternoon, Finchem posted a screenshot on Truth Social of a notice that said his Twitter account had been temporarily placed in ‘read-only mode’ because he had supposedly violated Twitter’s rules.”
(NTD) Arizona GOP Candidate’s Twitter Account Restored After Musk Writes He’s ‘Looking Into’ It
“Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, wrote Monday that his Twitter account was suspended and then restored as new owner Elon Musk confirmed he would look into the incident—just about a week out from the 2022 midterm elections. ‘Twitter has blocked my account from speaking truth with one week left until the election,’ Finchem wrote on Facebook, including a photo that shows that his Twitter account appeared to be locked.”
(Media RIght News) Twitter Locks Mark Finchem Out of his Account One Week Before Mid-Terms
“We’re not sure if this was a mistake or not. However, the GOP nominee and Trump endorsed candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, Mark Finchem is locked out of Twitter. Finchem had to take to Donald Trump’s Truth Social and other social media mediums to get the word out. […] Finchem is known for speaking about election integrity and ‘following the law’. He has become a political target for many on the left.”