Pete Hoekstra is taking a page out of the Chinese government’s book: censorship.

We posted a comment several hours ago on Pete Hoekstra’s Facebook wall with a link to our post regarding Hoekstra’s despicable, racially-charged television commercial which ran during today’s Super Bowl. Shortly thereafter, we noticed our comment and link was removed and the Facebook account was blocked from further comments.

We then logged in on an alternate Facebook account and posted two comments. The first stated that Hoekstra’s campaign was deleting negative comments, and the second contained another link to the post “Hoekstra Running Racially-Charged Super Bowl Ad.” We took this screenshot at approximately 4:18pm Pacific time when the second set of comments were still live. Notice there are a total of 68 comments in the thread regarding his Super Bowl commercial:

Pete Hoekstra Facebook Wall 4:18pm Pacific - February 5, 2012


We continued monitoring the negative comments that were coming in at 3 or 4 to 1 ratio, and saw the comment count pass 100 comments before shifting attention away from the computer to watch a little bit of the Super Bowl. However, at 5:58pm Pacific time, we took a peek and noticed the comments down to 41:

Pete Hoekstra Facebook Wall 5:58pm Pacific - February 5, 2012

What’s with the censorship, Pete?

We’ve made it very clear we don’t think Pete Hoekstra has the intellectual chops or the judgement to be the Governor of Michigan or a United States Senator, but it doesn’t take much to see the irony in practicing China-like censorship after getting negative feedback about his commercial chastising his Democrat opponent, Debbie Stabenow, of helping make China stronger.

By running the racially-insensitive television commercial, Pete Hoekstra showed tremendously poor judgement. His team’s actions of censoring negative comments on Facebook question his belief in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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