Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth said he was banned from Twitter Saturday after he shared an anti-American manifesto said to have been written by Pensacola shooter Mohammed Alshamrani.
The TV journalist, 39, posted screenshots Sunday which showed his tweet, calling the actions of the gunman ‘Islamist terror’, was ‘no longer available’. He followed up with a picture of his appeal regarding the decision.
Saudi military student Alshamrani, 21, killed three people and injured 12 when he opened fire at Navy Station Pensacola on Friday.
Hegseth shared a grab from the shooter’s Twitter account Saturday, writing: ‘Here’s the (now blocked) tweet from Saudi Islamist Mohammed Alshamrani, who murder 3 brave Americans in Florida.
‘The coward posted it just hours before his terrorist attack. This is Islamist terror. No reason to ever mince words. Saudi Arabia must be held to account.’
Alshamrani’s social media, which was taken down subsequent to the attack, appeared to show a variety of anti-Israel postings and a quote from deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Pete Hegseth, left, said he was banned from Twitter Saturday after he shared an anti-American manifesto said to have been written by Pensacola shooter Mohammed Alshamrani, right
It was sharing a screengrab of Alshamrani’s posts that Hegseth said led to his ban on Twitter
Hegseth posted screenshots Sunday which showed his tweet was ‘no longer available’, above
Alshamrani’s social media was also said to include a lengthy manifesto posted at 4:39am Friday, less than two hours before the shooting. The manifesto read in part: ‘I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.
‘I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims, but also humanity.’
It was sharing a screengrab of this post that Hegseth said led to his ban on Twitter.
He wrote on Instagram Sunday: ‘I was BANNED from @twitter — because I posted a screen shot of the terrorist from Florida tweeting his Islamist motivations.
ALSHAMRANI’S DISTURBING TWITTER ACCOUNT AND HIS PRE-SHOOTING ‘MANIFESTO’
The now-deactivated Twitter account purportedly belonging to Alshamrani included:
– A variety of anti-Israel postings and a quote from deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
– A lengthy manifesto posted at 4:39am Friday, less than two hours the shooting. The manifesto read in part:
‘I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.
‘I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims, but also humanity….
‘That’s it, a screen shot of a terrorist in his own words. If they can ban me, they will ban anyone. We need to fight back.
‘Heck, I posted the terrorist screen shot on this post too, so stay tune for @instagram banning me too.
‘Big tech does the bidding of the Left, especially to include anyone who speaks truth about the threat of radical Islam.’
He later added: ‘I’m sure @twitter will heed my “appeal”… #banned.’
Twitter refused to comment on the ban when approached by DailyMail.com. Hegseth has not made any further comments.
The FBI revealed Sunday that the deadly mass shooting will be treated as an act of terrorism and that no arrests have yet been made in the incident.
Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed that investigators have not yet been able to determine Alshamrani’s motive after revealing he visited New York City, including the Rockefeller Center, just days before the shooting.
They are working to determine the purpose of the trip.
Hegseth followed up with a picture of his appeal regarding the decision, above
US Naval Academy graduate, Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, (left) and military student Mohammed Haitham, 19, (right) have been identified as two of the victims of Friday’s shooting
Naval apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, was named as the third victim
Using a Glock 9mm handgun he’d purchased by exploiting a legal loophole, Alshamrani opening fire in a classroom at the base on Friday morning.
He killed Airman Mohammed Sameh Hathaim, 19, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21.
Eight others, including two deputies, were wounded in a gunfight with Alshamrani, who was later shot dead by police.
‘Big tech does the bidding of the Left, especially to include anyone who speaks truth about the threat of radical Islam’, Hegseth, pictured interviewing Mike Pompeo, wrote Sunday
Saudi military student Alshamrani, 21, killed three people and injured 12 when he opened fire at Navy Station Pensacola on Friday. The scene on Saturday is pictured
SAUDI ARABIA’S TERROR LINK
15 of the 19 men associated with the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens. A number of them received their aviation training at bases in the US.
al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, hailed from a prominent Saudi family.
The US investigated some Saudi diplomats and others with Saudi government ties who knew hijackers after they arrived in the US, according to documents that have been declassified.
The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attacks.
The 9/11 Commission report found ‘no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded’ the attacks that al-Qaeda masterminded, but the commission also noted ‘the likelihood’ that Saudi government-sponsored charities did.
In 2017, families of 800 victims and 1,500 first responders file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia accusing the country’s officials of aiding hijackers in 9/11 attacks. The lawsuit is ongoing.
Saudi Arabia is the richest and geographically largest Middle Eastern country – and a key US ally.
According to the State Department, Saudi Arabia is the second leading source of imported oil for the United States, providing just under one million barrels per day of oil to the US market
Saudi money is also widely invested in the US, with billions of private cash invested on Wall Street and beyond.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the ruling al-Saud family, has stakes in a huge range of big businesses including Citigroup, 21st Century Fox, and the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Many the country’s citizens also come to study at US colleges, with Saudis the fourth-largest source of foreign students, trailing only China, India and South Korea, according to The New York Times.
The US has long had a robust training program for Saudis, with 852 Saudi nationals currently in the country training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement.
Saudi Arabia was not one of the seven countries included in President Trump’s 2017 ‘travel ban’