Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, a proud member of the Republican Party, is also a proud host of a block party on Twitter and other forms of social media.
Want an invite to Bevin’s block party? Write something the governor does not like, and you too will get blocked like the many others who dared to challenge or criticize him on the internet. (Or made fun of his selfies.)
Charles Ornstein of ProPublica — which describes itself as ‘a nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest’ — took a closer look into Bevin’s blocking of his followers and found that there is a long list of folks who can no longer read and/or comment on the governor’s social media accounts. Ornstein and his New York-based organization filed an open records request for the Twitter and Facebook accounts blocked by Bevin and it returned 90 pages of accounts. Thin-skinned much, Govna?
A very quick glance at the long list shows some of the Twitter accounts blocked by Governor Bevin include: Aaron Yarmuth, the owner and editor of Louisville’s LEO Weekly and son of Congressman John Yarmuth; an account called @iReadDaily, which once tweeted, “FIGHT FOR YOUNG WOMEN LIKE ME” at Bevin, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul; at least three fake Matt Bevin accounts; and my personal favorite, someone called Atomic Fart Cyclone.
If it’s okay with you, we’ll save the debate on whether it’s right or wrong for Bevin to block his constituents for another time. But if you would like to see if the governor, a pretty good name-caller himself, has swatted you or someone you love on social media, scroll through the 90 pages of blocked accounts here. It may just inspire you to deliver actual blocks like this disabled Army vet did to her congressman in Arizona.
To my fellow Kentuckians, we can now proudly call our governor the Dikembe Mutombo of social media…