James Allsup has been accused of sowing racial divisions on campus since he led Washington State University’s chapter of the College Republicans and organized a “Trump wall” demonstration. In August, he attended the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
First, Twitter came for his blue “verification” checkmark.
Allsup is a far-right activist who’s been accused of sowing racial divisions on campus since he led WSU’s chapter of the College Republicans and organized a “Trump wall” demonstration more than a year ago. In August, he attended the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drawing attention from Washington lawmakers. He’s now a senior at WSU and co-hosts a podcast called “Nationalist Review.”
Allsup’s Twitter handle was @realJamesAllsup — a nod to President Donald Trump’s user name — and like Trump, he routinely used the platform to attack “leftists,” multiculturalism, “antifa” and Obama-era immigration policies.
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By the time Allsup’s account was shut down on Christmas, it had amassed nearly 24,000 followers. Fewer than a third as many Twitter users follow WSU President Kirk Schulz’s account.
In mid-November, Allsup was among a handful of far-right figures who were stripped of their verification checkmarks — visual cues that Twitter gives to prominent accounts to help other users ensure they are authentic.
By disabling his account, Twitter has gone a step further. While the company doesn’t say precisely why it suspends individual users, Allsup’s penchant for provocation offers a variety of possible explanations.
On Nov. 29, for example, he used his Twitter account to harass a high-school student about her weight — a departure from his usual, politically charged comments. The student had posted pictures of herself along with a text exchange indicating she’d been bullied at school.
“I’m on a 1660kcal a day diet and the pics of this girl just made that a whole lot easier,” Allsup wrote.