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Who is Feisty Floridian (@Feisty_FL) on Twitter?

Feisty Floridian (@Feisty_FL)1 is one of the most influential right-wing accounts on Twitter. While she currently has about 33k Twitter followers, her tweets regularly get hundreds and sometimes thousands of retweets.

History

Other Accounts

@Feisty_FL is not Feisty Floridian’s original account.2. She previously went under the handle @peddoc63 which was created April 2013.3 This account reached to at least 169,000 followers.4

feisty floridian original profile image
Feisty Floridian’s profile under her old account @peddoc63

Tea Party

Early in her account history, she supported the Tea Party and attacked Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. 5

Top Influencer in the 2016 Election

Under her old handle (@peddoc63) she was named #69 in a list of top 100 influencers in the 2016 election.6

Twitter Ban

Her @peddoc63 account suspended by Twitter for unknown reasons. She came back as @Feisty_FL in 2018.7 This is similar to other prominent right-wing accounts such as @ilDonaldoTrumpo, which Twitter has also allowed to restart under a new handle after being banned.

Views

We’ve investigated Feisty Floridian’s views under both her past and present Twitter accounts. In addition to her support for the Tea Party, she has a number of other interesting views.

Biden an Illegitimate President

In this Tweet from January 20218, she suggest President Biden wasn’t, “constitutionally elected” and was, “placed into power against the will of the people.”9

Extremist Solutions?

This tweet10 was concerning as it appears to support, “rebellion” in combination with a gun emoji. Unfortunately the linked image is unavailable so we don’t have the complete context.

Anti-FBI

Feisty Floridian has demonstrated strong anti-FBI views. She has attacked them on numerous occasions11 and even accused them of treason as in the tweet below.

Anti-Islam

She has also expressed strong Anti-Islam views. Below is an example of a tweet she retweeted12

Pro Ted Cruz

Her original account boasted of being followed by Ted Cruz13. She’s retweeted Cruz and appears to have written this of Cruz, “Closest we have EVER been to Ronald Reagan is @tedcruz”.14

‘Democrats are Terrorists’

She has referred to democrats as, “terrorists” as can be seen from the Tweet below.

Other Views

From her other tweets available from the Internet Archive and still live on Twitter, it’s clear she is pro-life/anti-abortion, very pro-Trump, and very anti-Obama and Hillary.

Shared by Russia

Known Russian troll accounts have appreciated Feisty Floridian’s content. They mentioned her @peddoc63 account at least 312 times with retweets of her content.15 These Tweets are available for viewing here. One of her tweets appears to be one of the most shared Tweets by Russian troll accounts16 and was apparently the 27th most mentioned user by Russian Trolls17 .

Further research would be needed to determine if there is any direct connection between Feisty Floridian and the Russian government18, and the Russian accounts may have been sharing her content (including recommending people attend an event of hers)19 because it was highly divisive and pro-Trump, which harmonized with the goals of their influence operation.

That is interesting, because her highly divisive account currently pins a tweet which claims to be against division.

Footnotes

  1. Feisty Floridian Twitter Profile
  2. As she admits in this tweet. Backup Screenshot
  3. The Internet Archive, Way Back Machine (see created date)
  4. The Internet Archive, Way Back Machine
  5. Example of Tea Party Support, see full Web Archive for More
  6. Lab for Social Machines Medium Post: Who’s Influencing Election 2016?
  7. First @Feisty_FL Tweet still live on Twitter.
  8. Jan 16th, 2021 Tweet
  9. Similar tweets here and here.
  10. Web Archive
  11. Example 1, 2
  12. Saved by the Internet Archive here. The page appears to have been crawled from a non-US IP which is why some of the text is not in English. However, this is from the correct @peddoc63 account.
  13. Original profile via Internet Archive
  14. This tweet was widely shared by Russian trolls who credited her with it. We wrote, “appears to have written” because we cannot confirm with certainty that she was its original author.
  15. From The Russia Tweets which were released in conjunction with FiveThirtyEight who pulled Tweets from known Internet Research Agency accounts.
  16. See mention of @peddoc63 here.
  17. See this graph
  18. Her profile photos appear to be consistent. Here’s another… see above @peddoc63 profile for the other, however, it may be worth exploring her connection further. Raw data of Russian back tweets may show even more mentions of her. Raw data uploaded by Five Thirty Eight may show additional retweets of her content
  19. Russia Tweets, June 4, 2015

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