Matt Jones, the liberal host of a popular sports radio show in Kentucky, was off the air Thursday following a complaint by the Kentucky Republican Party that he had violated campaign finance laws.
A day after Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones announced that he was asked not to be on iHeart Radio in the near future, #FreeMattJones started trending on Twitter in the United States with about 20,000 tweets on Thursday.
It all started when the Kentucky Republican Party was accused of Wednesday’s Federal Election Commission of accusing Democrat Jones of “serious violations” of regulations, including accepting institutional contributions to his campaign and not reporting related expenses.
Jones had played the idea of starting a campaign for the Senate against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a while, but he didn’t announce a campaign. He described the complaint as “pointless” on Wednesday afternoon and announced that he was asked to come down from the show on Wednesday night.
Jones said on the Sports Sports Radio website, dolayı Radio McConnell has filed a complaint with FEC against me this morning, saying that iHeart Radio asked me not to be on the show in the coming days. .
They are very supportive in this whole process and are great to work with, he wrote.
Let me just say this…I do not blame iHeart Radio. They have been very supportive in this entire process and wonderful to work for
I understand why they don't need the fight considering my decision will be coming soon.
I am disappointed but not surprised about Mitch McConnell
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 7, 2019
“This is Mitch McConnell’s classic bully behavior, Jones Jones said in a telephone conversation Thursday. Regarding a potential Senate work, Jones said he would make a decision “very soon”.
On Thursday, the #FreeMattJones patient was climbing quickly, expressing his disapproval of complaints and dismissal with anyone with other radio personalities and political personalities. For some, it was about supporting the Big Blue Nation and had nothing to do with political blue or red.
One person said, “@senatemajldr you have had me so far. Don’t deal with what is important to many people who support you and leave politics and entertainment separately.”
Some have published new photos in Wildcat t-shirts or hashtag hats. Here are some of the best tweets on Thursday:
@senatemajldr you had me until now. Don’t mess with what’s important to so many of us who have supported you and kept Politics and entertainment separate up to this tipping point. #FreeMattJones https://t.co/CH6TGPne4j
— Brandon Wasson (@BrandonWasson6) November 7, 2019
@senatemajldr com’ on man!!!! You’re the 3rd most powerful man in the FREE world yet you wanna come @MattJonesRadio. How can a man with so much power be so scared? #FreeMattJones is it the truth that scares you or Matt?
— Devante Hollowell (@DevanteUK1) November 7, 2019
— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) November 7, 2019
— CurlyCat4UK #BBN (@CurlyCat4UK) November 7, 2019
This is absolutely ludicrous #FreeMattJones
— Dan Issel (@DanIssel44) November 7, 2019