President Trump’s controversial national security advisor Michael Flynn has apparently deleted his twitter account.
The retired Army lieutenant general was known for spreading conspiracy theories via Twitter, using his @GenFlynn account.
For instance, days before the election, he retweeted articles published on right-wing blogs debunked as fake news that accused Clinton of everything from from “money laundering” to “sex crimes with children.”
Flynn earned a reputation in the military for effectively fighting terrorist networks, according to media reports. He headed the Defence Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014 before he was reportedly let go for mismanagement of the agency, although Flynn says that his firing was due to his views on radical Islam.
Indeed, one of his most famously controversial tweet was sent in November that said, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL: please forward this to others: the truth fears no questions…” and he linked to a YouTube video that accused the Muslim faith of wanting “80% of people enslaved or exterminated.”
In July he also tweeted, “In next 24 hours, I dare Arab & Persian world “leaders” to step up to the plate and declare their Islamic ideology sick and must B healed.”
Flynn’s Twitter account appears to have been deleted a day after his son, Michael G. Flynn, also deleted his account. The younger Flynn deleted his account after he sent multiple tweets using the hashtag “#MuslimBan” on Saturday and Sunday, referring to Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries.
For instance, one of the tweets the younger Flynn posted last weekend said, in part, “temporary #MuslimBan necessary folks.”
Twitter declined comment on the deleted accounts. However, the language Twitter uses when the company deletes a user’s account is “This account has been suspended.”
When someone deletes their own account, the language used is “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist.” And the “doesn’t exist” language is what is being used for General Flynn.
We do not know why the account was deleted now. The White House did not immediately return requests for comment.
But President Trump has insisted that his executive order is not a “Muslim ban” as targeting people based on their religion would be of obvious dubious legality. Meanwhile, protests are erupting all over the nation over this ban, with statements of condemnation coming from the tech sector, other business leaders and even from senior members of Trump’s own political party, U.S. Republican Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).