One of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s most pro­lif­ic sup­port­ers and meme cre­ators, known online as Carpe Donk­tum, was sus­pend­ed from Twit­ter Mon­day after a video depict­ing the pres­i­dent killing off jour­nal­ists and crit­ics, cre­at­ed by peo­ple con­nect­ed to him, sur­faced over the week­end.

The New York Times report­ed that the video was played at a pro-Trump event in Flori­da over the week­end, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant uproar among the press, many of whom saw it as encour­ag­ing vio­lence against jour­nal­ists. On Mon­day, The Wash­ing­ton Post report­ed that the video was cre­at­ed by TheGeekzTeam, a group of cre­ators that often con­tributes to Meme­World, which was cre­at­ed by

Twit­ter did not imme­di­ate­ly respond to a request for com­ment as to why the account was sud­den­ly removed. How­ev­er, Donk­tum spent Mon­day morn­ing re-upload­ing much of his old­er con­tent on his Twit­ter feed in response to the con­tro­ver­sy. It’s unclear if the video from over the week­end played a role in the sus­pen­sion.

Donktum’s con­tent has fre­quent­ly appeared on Trump’s Twit­ter feed through­out his pres­i­den­cy. In Novem­ber 2018, Donk­tum gained sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion from right-wing com­mu­ni­ties after win­ning an Infowars meme con­test. The fol­low­ing Feb­ru­ary, Trump shared a video of the 2019 State of the Union address cre­at­ed by Donk­tum edit­ed to make Democ­rats seem inat­ten­tive.

Donk­tum also attend­ed the White House’s social media sum­mit over the sum­mer.

In a state­ment to The Verge on Mon­day, YouTube said that the Donk­tum video report­ed by the Times, which was post­ed to YouTube, did not vio­late its con­tent poli­cies and would not be removed.

“For con­tent con­tain­ing vio­lence that is clear­ly fic­tion­al, we age-restrict and dis­play a warn­ing inter­sti­tial. We applied these pro­tec­tions to this video,” a YouTube spokesper­son said.

Updat­ed at 10/14/2019 at 2:30 p.m.: Clar­i­fy­ing that Carpe Donk­tum did not cre­ate the video, but is asso­ci­at­ed with the group that did.

Illus­tra­tion by Alex Cas­tro / The Verge

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