Four people were dead. The Capitol was in ruins. Several members of his team had resigned. His allies were quickly abandoning him.
Naturally, President Donald Trump was furious. About being banned from his Twitter feed, that is to say.
Twitter and Facebook locked Trump’s accounts on Wednesday and he used his social channels to incite a riot from his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. Soon after, the increasingly bossy incumbent Republican president was increasingly distraught over social media giants who were stealing his voice online, according to two people familiar with the matter.
One of the sources said that since Wednesday President Trump had specifically complained that he was trying to send a tweet during his Twitter lockdown, and that he was furious that he couldn’t. The other person familiar with the situation said the President privately claimed this was another example of Big Tech silencing Tories and trying to help cover up the ‘crime’ of the century that s ‘is produced during the 2020 presidential election.
The “crime” imagined here is that he permanently lost the election to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, a victory Trump, his legal team and sections of the GOP have attempted for months on the basis of outright lies. , to cancel.
Trump’s fixation on this underscores, yet again, a president determined to obsess over his own petty grievances and personal desires for power and influence, even as his words and actions helped spark a gripe. widely condemned assault on Capitol Hill, contributing to the downfall of the Republican Party. control of the Senate, and has already led to multiple resignations from his administration. All of this is happening against the backdrop of a tanked US economy and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic that Trump has continued to show no interest in helping to mitigate.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter who have been in contact with Trump since Wednesday say he continues to insist that he has done absolutely nothing wrong, that senior officials and party leaders withdrawing of him are cowards and he also wants people to consider. baseless rumors that antifa radicals have infiltrated the MAGA protest and riot this week.
White House spokespersons have not commented on this story.
Trump has used his social media channels for months to spread absurd conspiracy theories about election results – and to push his most die-hard supporters onto the streets. he tweeted December 19, “Big demonstration in DC on January 6.” Be there, will be wild! “Get smart Republicans. BEAT! ”He tweeted that morning.
Even as his supporters raged on Capitol Hill, he posted a video on his social media falsely claiming that “we had an election stolen from us.” In a separate tweet, he wrote: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremonious and viciously stripped of great patriots.
It was one of the messages Twitter took and motivated the decision to lock out his account.
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