Twitter clipped President Trump’s wings by permanently banning him from the platform on Friday night.
Twitter’s decision to ban Trump came after the President incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Trump whipped up an angry crowd as Congress prepared to affirm the Electoral College win of President-elect Joe Biden. The mob moved toward the Capitol, breached the building and attacked police officers, ultimately reaching the legislative chambers. Law enforcement swiftly escorted members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence to secure locations.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a blog post.
Twitter homed in on two tweets from this week in its decision to ban the President:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said the tweets were being interpreted by the President’s supporters as egging on violence and casting additional doubt on the now-once-and-for-all settled election