Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $31 million on one-week of political ads -- the most ever spent by a candidate.
While many Twitter users were trashing Bloomberg for attempting to buy the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, one voice was conspicuously absent: the famous parody account El Bloombito, which has long-mocked Bloomberg's Spanglish.
El Bloombito has been around a long time -- in 2011, Buzzfeed ran a story headline, "The Best Of El Bloombito."
But now the account has gone dark, after being suspended by Twitter.
[caption id="attachment_1565150" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The suspended El Bloombito account on Twitter (screengrab)[/caption]
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ripped the decision.
This ain’t right! This was of the funniest NYC accounts to exist, right up there w/ that time the Bronx Zoo Cobra s… https://t.co/9ioogLY4eh— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1574464670.0
AOC was not alone. Prominent Republican attorney George Conway launched an eight-tweet thread blasting the decision and appealing directly to Twitter CEO Josh Dorsey.
Suspending @ElBloombito is a mistake, @jack. It’s a popular and funny parody account run by a clever Jewish/Puerto… https://t.co/kDzzqqPJjP— George Conway (@George Conway)1574463618.0
So please fix this,@jack. Thanks.— George Conway (@George Conway)1574463943.0
Here's some of what others were saying:
Colleague: "they got El Bloombito." https://t.co/MZszKU7trH— Kate Hinds (@Kate Hinds)1574461583.0
Se cancelaron a @elbloombito?!?! https://t.co/3yEhSkqcIC— Xeni Jardin (@Xeni Jardin)1574466279.0
Bring back El Bloombito! https://t.co/3547tSYMuX— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1574465072.0
This is insane. A giant mistake. @elbloombito is one of the best accounts on Twitter. https://t.co/A83Xp3IhUx— Jim Roberts (@Jim Roberts)1574464089.0
For context, here is an example of the brilliant - and clear! - parody on the @ElBloombito run by @Jewyorican https://t.co/rKuXLQJxAw— Will Tooke (@Will Tooke)1574463197.0
This completely changes the 2020 race for me. I would have voted for Bloomberg to ensure 4 years of @ElBloombito— matt blaze (@matt blaze)1574465044.0