Conservative comedian Steven Crowder was suspended from YouTube on Wednesday over a recent interview he did with Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona.
During the interview, which was removed from the platform by YouTube, Lake said she was planning on investigating the “widespread fraud” in both the 2020 presidential election and her recent GOP primary if she were to be elected as Arizona’s governor in November.
In response, YouTube suspended Crowder from the platform and gave his account a strike, claiming that his interview with Lake violated their “misinformation policy.”
“Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the U.S. 2020 presidential election is not allowed on YouTube,” the company’s notification told Crowder.
The conservative comedian, who became well-known for his “Change My Mind” videos on college campuses around the country, will now be unable to livestream his show until YouTube removes its suspension.
In a tweet Wednesday, Crowder blasted YouTube’s suspension as “suppression of political speech.”
“Wow. Won’t be able to stream to @YouTube because of comments from a CURRENT GUBERNATORIAL candidate. On a show with all references provided. If this isn’t suppression of political speech, then nothing is,” Crowder wrote.
Wow. Won’t be able to steam to @YouTube because of comments from a CURRENT GUBERNATORIAL candidate. On a show with all references provided.
If this isn’t suppression of political speech, then nothing is.
See you tomorrow on Rumble and #MugClub with updates.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 17, 2022
The next day, Crowder announced he would be streaming his show on Rumble, the alternative online video platform, and speaking with Lake again in a new interview.
“We’ve been suspended, not for anything I said, but for what the future governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, said regarding election integrity,” Crowder said. “The election primary that she just won? YouTube’s decided she’s an extremist, you’re an extremist, so let’s all be extremists together exclusively on Rumble and Mug Club.”
“Look, you don’t have to win every fight, you just have to make them wish they picked somebody else,” he added. “Today, let’s make them wish they picked someone else.”
Lake, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has frequently backed Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was rife with voter fraud, calling it a “rigged election” that is the “biggest story out there.”
Lake is set to face Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in November’s general election.