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On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump was interviewed for a very popular and trending podcast, for their most recent episode of the YouTube prank squad Nelk Boys’ podcast, called Full Send Podcast.
“Censorship is here and they’re not even trying to hide it anymore,” Kyle Forgeard, a spokesman for the group posted on Twitter, on Thursday after their video of Trump was demolished.
“Trump just shouted us out on fox news..” Forgeard posted, about Trump’s appearance on Fox News Thursday night, bringing even more awareness to the huge screw-up by Youtube, making the video a center of focus for many people now.
Within hours the podcast had received 5 Million views, according to the Full Send Podcast crew.
That is about the time that Youtube took the video down.
According to Yahoo –The Nelk Boys are a group of YouTubers known for their provocative prank and party videos peppered with how the left describes their humor as ” crude, bro-culture jokes” which does not sit well with the humorless left- especially when anyone who might be an independent or a Republican might be enjoying such humor.
Youtube has DELETED our trump episode that over 5M views in 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/MqH0ZdREJD
— KYLE (@KyleForgeard) March 11, 2022
The group has sparked multiple controversies before and their channel was demonetized in 2020.
Former President Donald Trump appeared on the most recent episode of the YouTube prank squad Nelk Boys’ podcast, Full Send Podcast, which premiered on Wednesday afternoon. The appearance was another sign of the growing reach of the group, who have turned prank and party videos into an influencer empire.
The group has also expanded into additional channels, hard seltzer and merchandise, which their company claims makes them tens of millions of dollars in revenue each year.
Less than a day after Trump’s appearance on the podcast, which was titled “Donald Trump on WW3, Talking to Putin and Joe Rogan,” the video had already received over 3.8 million views on YouTube. YouTube removed the podcast on Friday for violating its minformation policy.
The group has ignited multiple controversies in the past. In 2020, their YouTube channel was demonetized after they repeatedly encouraged fans to break COVID-19 social distancing and lockdown rules. The team’s leader, Kyle Forgeard, was also briefly arrested in April of last year after allegedly impersonating a mall police officer for a video, but his charges were later dropped. The group was also kicked off a cruise after they repeatedly harassed a speaker at an event under the guise of pranking.
The Nelk Boys rose to fame in the past decade on the back of comedy skits where they performed extreme pranks and said bizarre things to strangers in public. Some of their most popular videos involve members pretending they have cocaine in front of police, ruining wine tours by getting drunk and acting reckless, and crashing live Zoom classes.
The group shares common hobbies with Trump, with lots of UFC fighters watching the podcast and supporting Trump, it is no wonder why Youtube got sensitive about Trump’s message getting out into the public stream.
Trump released a statement on the controversy early Friday:
There wasn't anything very controversial even said. The only reason they took it down is because they want to erase him from the internet. It was a 🔥 episode too, smh.
— The Chairman (@WSBChairman) March 11, 2022
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
Whatever happened to free speech in our Country? Incredibly, but not surprisingly, the Big Tech lunatics have taken down my interview with the very popular NELK Boys so that nobody can watch it or in any way listen to it. In the 24 hours that it was up it set every record for them, by many times. Interestingly on the show I told them this would happen because Big Tech and the Fake News Media fear the truth, they fear criticism about Biden, and above all, they don’t want to talk about the Rigged 2020 Presidential Election, all topics discussed. In Russia, the people are not allowed to know that they’re fighting a war with Ukraine, that’s where our media is going, and that’s where our Country is going because it quickly follows—just study history. Are we going to allow this to happen? Our Country is going to hell! Look at your gas prices, Inflation, the Afghanistan debacle, our Border, the war with Ukraine, which should have never happened, and so much more. We need freedom of speech again, we don’t have it and it’s getting worse every day!
The Gateway Pundit reminded viewers that President Trump called the NELK Boys to the stage in October 2020 during a rally.
“This is who they are. They can’t let the most popular president in history appear likable, funny, and cool.
So they deleted the video.
The NELK Boys tweeted this out earlier today.
Here is the full NELK Boys interview with President Trump on Rumble.
Thank God for Rumble!
FULL TRUMP INTERVIEW LIVE AND FREE ON https://t.co/llfjTZ5XKC
— KYLE (@KyleForgeard) March 11, 2022