Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account just days before the end of his Presidential term. The ban comes after widespread bipartisan shock and outrage at Pro-Trump rioters storming the US Capitol, with many believing that Trump not only supported the attack but outright encouraged it.
The media giant cited worries that he would continue to use the platform to stoke violence and discord. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have all suspended the President, but only Twitter has made the decision permanent thus far.
This certainly comes as a blow to the President, whose vigorous use (and abuse, depending on who you ask) of the platform had been one of the defining characteristics of his Presidency. In 2017, he admitted, “‘Without the tweets, I wouldn’t be here. I have over 100m [followers]. I don’t have to go to fake media.”
After the Capitol insurgency, Trump tweeted, “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!!!” In response, Twitter said the tweet “is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an orderly transition.”
Trump also tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” which Twitter said was “being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate.”
In response to these perceived infractions, they then decided to ban him. 350 Twitter employees had earlier asked that CEO Jack Dorsey ban Trump, saying, “Despite our efforts to serve the public conversation, as Trump’s megaphone, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6th.”
Following his ban, Trump took to the POTUS Twitter account to say he would “look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the future” and that Twitter sought to promote a “Radical Left Platform.”
The Tweets were swiftly deleted by Twitter, who do not allow users to evade bans by tweeting through different accounts. Trump tried to then use other accounts (like his Team Trump account), but these were also subsequently banned.