- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. wants to know why his recent picture with a wounded combat veteran was deemed a violation of Instagram’s terms of service.

Texas native Omar Avila recently got some one-on-one time with President Trump’s son at an NRA event, but the photo evidence of the two somehow managed to rankle the social media giant’s censors.

“I honestly don’t know why this picture was taken down by Instagram,” Mr. Avila wrote Monday. “Not sure what guidelines it violates But here we go again… Thank you @donaldjtrumpjr for always taking the time out your busy schedule to say hello to chat.”

Mr. Trump Jr. demanded Instagram’s attention by tagging its official accounts across multiple platforms.

“If @instagram can censor this great American hero for simply posting a picture with me, who won’t they censor? The bias has to stop. It’s gone too far,” he tweeted Tuesday.

“INSTAGRAM IS AT IT AGAIN WITH THEIR BIAS DELETING POSTS,” he added on Instagram. “[This] time the [sic] deleted my friend @crispy11b’s post that was simply a post of him and I catching up at the NRA show. There was nothing harsh or political in there and as usual it magically somehow ‘violated @Instagram standards,’ presumably because I’m in it and that’s too much for the social media gods in California.”

“Omar aka Crispy is a vet severely wounded in conflict who has undergone I believe over 100 surgeries to fix the damage done,” he continued. “He’s been a vocal supporter of other wounded vets and an inspiration to so many because despite everything he manages to live his life to the fullest. His adventures often documented right here are amazing and I’ve never once seen anything but an incredible attitude towards life despite the obvious difficulties. This man is amazing and he should not be censored. In fact, we would be better off as a nation with many more with his attitude, demeanor, and patriotism. I suggest you give him a follow. The bull—t has to stop. If Instagram can censor a hero like this, who the hell won’t they suppress??? #america #hero #censorship.”

Instagram did not respond to either man’s posts.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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