There was a Demand Free Speech protest in Washington organised by a group of Donald Trump supporters called the Proud Boys, and people were struck by one man’s announcement that he may have been the “first person banned from Tinder.”
Greg Aselbekian joined fellow alt-right group activists claiming to have been booted out of social media platforms for “exercising their free speech.”
Addressing a crowd made up of the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, he declared:
I may have been the first person in history completely banned from Tinder.
He claims he was censored for wearing his military uniform in a picture, however in the meandering speech he went on to reveal he’s still on the dating app (so presumably he wasn't banned?) – albeit he doesn’t care for the liberals swiping left on his profile.
He, like, doesn’t care. And he really wants you to know that, literally he will not swipe right on you, ya big ol' liberal!
“I’m waiting for these woke liberals to freakin’ report it—all that stuff.” He said.
They don’t know, I wasn’t going to swipe right on them anyway. So I don’t know why they’re bothering.
He also criticised billionaire George Soros and “crooked Hillary” because of course.
Despite his claims, people found it difficult to believe that he was literally the first person in the history of the dating app, to be banned – even briefly.
And people are struggling with why it's a source of pride to be banned from Tinder... although it does follow the standard Trumpian tactic of pretending everything is 'the best', 'unbelievable' or 'FIRST TIME EVER!', regardless of how unsavoury the subject matter.
Others found his words rather amusing
The rally was filled with Make America Great Again hat-wearers, and a number of controversial figures were in attendance.
One such figure was Joey Saladino, AKA Joey Salads. The YouTube prankster went viral after he attended a pro-Trump event in Nazi clothing, a social experiment, he claimed at the time.
He told Daily Dot of his plans to run for Congress. He said: “If I’m elected to Congress, I’m gonna have Trump’s back probably 100 per cent of the time." Nice and vague, then.
He needs somebody like me in there. If you wanna help support my campaign, I’m gonna be walking around all over the place.
Saladino appears to be the first YouTube star ever to run for office.
The protest had many other attendees, including a psychic who claims the singer Prince contacted her from beyond the grave to reveal he was murdered.
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes went on stage in fake handcuffs to make a point - and then couldn't get them off
And Milo dressed up as political activist Laura Loomer (also in attendance) and proceeded to “viciously” drag her. The audience found the shtick boring.
Typical MAGA rally?
And, just to be thorough, here's a load of other people that have also been banned from Tinder, casting doubt on Greg Aselbekian's prestigious claim that he was the first.
According to Tinder's guidelines on hate speech: "Any content that promotes, advocates for, or condones racism, bigotry, hatred, or violence against individuals or groups based on factors like (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity is not allowed."