A Florida Republican House candidate last week attacked Twitter, accusing the platform of suspending his account the night before last Tuesday’s primary, even though there was no Republican primary since he was running unopposed.
Dr. Drew Montez Clark, who is hoping to flip Florida’s deep blue 20th District red, appeared on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning where he called Twitter’s move against him “a modern civil rights issue” and told co-host Todd Piro that he was being “persecuted” for being a conservative.
Twitter suspended Clark’s account without warning on Monday but reversed the suspension just hours later. The social media platform claimed his suspension was a “false positive.”
Clark told Piro that voters in his district don’t believe the Twitter suspension was a glitch and claimed that Twitter suspended his account because he is a black conservative.
Clark will face off against incumbent Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick who won the seat in last year’s special election. Cherfilus-McCormick easily won her primary to run for a full term. The District 20 Republican primary was ultimately canceled since Clark was the only candidate in the race.
District 20 is one of Florida’s few deep-blue districts.
In a statement, Twitter said its automated systems that detect content that may violate its rules kicked out a “false positive” and suspended Clark’s account. The error was corrected and Clark’s account was quickly reinstated.
Watch Clark’s interview on Fox & Friends HERE.