Twitter, the popular microblogging website President Donald Trump masterfully exploited to win office in 2016, has permanently banned the president on false charges, expanding Big Tech’s ongoing, unprecedented wave of digital repression against conservatives and Republicans.
Twitter took action January 8, two days after several individuals bearing Trump campaign flags and paraphernalia ran amok in the United States Capitol while lawmakers were attempting to officially certify the results of the hopelessly fraud-ridden, compromised November 6 election that the dementia-suffering leftist Joe Biden and his Chinese Communist Party-influenced corporate allies claim he won. This Big Lie that 81 million Americans voted for a vegetable is so important to the Left that anyone who questions it on social media is swiftly persecuted and marginalized.
Now that the fog of war created by the lying media is dissipating, we have learned that many of the so-called Capitol invaders were not invaders at all. They did not “storm” the complex but were well-behaved and allowed in by Capitol police. It was not much of a coup attempt, which may explain why Capitol police posed for selfies with the Americans who allegedly forced their way in.
One of the more interesting voices on Twitter throughout this crisis has been, interestingly enough, fashion model Emily Ratajkowski who tweeted January 7, asking if anyone else felt that Capitol police “being absent/letting Trump people in/providing insane visuals of MAGA dudes on the floor of the house was wildly convenient to justifying big tech’s rollout of censorship?”
Moving along, Twitter, long a safe haven for jihadists and other terrorists, is the website that promised to be available to everyone for free speech.
“Twitter stands for freedom of expression,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted October 5, 2015. “We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.”
But that was long ago, before Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States and Herbert Marcuse’s doctrine of “repressive tolerance” –or simply, no free speech for alleged fascists— took hold.
Dorsey, king of the Silicon Valley hipsters, has long pretended to support free speech and civil society, but the Rasputin-bearded eccentric with a nose ring favors those radicals who would turn society upside-down.
While Black Lives Matter and Antifa were burning down American cities and murdering cops, washed-up football player Colin Kaepernick, now one of America’s leading race pimps, used his Twitter account to urge radicals to burn down more cities and murder more cops. People like Kamala Harris cheered the rioters on and urged people to give money to bail funds to get the rioters back on the streets to keep the mayhem going.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction[,]” Kaepernick tweeted May 28, 2020. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd[,]” a reference to drug addicted-career criminal George Floyd, the BLM martyr whose weakened body gave out while he resisted arrest in Minneapolis.
Instead of banning Kaepernick for his seditious talk, the woke Twitter billionaire rewarded Kaepernick’s wokeness with cash.
“More #startsmall grants[,]” Dorsey tweeted June 3, 2020. “$3mm to Colin @Kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
On January 8, after racist, America-hating agitator Michelle Obama urged “Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling [Trump’s] monstrous behavior,” Twitter announced it had “permanently suspended the account [of Trump] due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” even though Trump didn’t incite violence.
Twitter must rely on a Newspeak dictionary.
“Incitement” has a specific legal definition in the Supreme Court’s landmark 1969 ruling in Brandenburg v. Ohio. The conduct complained of must be both “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action” and be “likely to incite or produce such action.”
As I showed, the president did not incite violence in his January 6 speech. If anything, he urged his supporters at the pep rally at the Ellipse to remain calm and peaceful.
And as Joseph Klein wrote:
“President Trump and his supporters at the rally were simply exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceable assembly. The president’s refusal to concede an election marred by reports of widespread fraud which troubled many voters was not an incitement to violence, nor was his presentation of evidence of a stolen election.
“President Trump told his supporters, ‘We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women.’ In so doing, he was clearly urging them merely to march peacefully and petition their government.”
But these facts conflict with the leftist narrative of Trump-as-Hitler so they must be suppressed.
Trump sent out an old-fashioned press release, according to the New York Post, denouncing Twitter.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me. Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act] they would not exist for long.
“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!”
“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely.”
At The Federalist, David Marcus argued in a column aptly titled, “Twitter is the Enemy of the American People,” that Twitter, is an “evil company” that is carrying out an “assault on American liberty.”
“For all its talk about safety, community, and the health of discourse, we see today that Twitter acts in favor of one interest and one interest alone: its own, even when it means destabilizing the American people,” Marcus wrote.
“On Friday, the company permanently banned Trump from its platform and began a purge of conservative voices.
“They claim this is needed to protect America from a coup. That is a farcical lie. They did it because their political enemies such as Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley are now out of power, and they mean to keep it [that] way.
“As a private company, Twitter is free to do as it pleases. And I am free to call them what they are: a shill for communist China that seeks the destruction of America.
“Do you doubt that? Then explain why Iran can call for Jews to be killed on Twitter’s platform and China can spread propaganda about how rounding up Uyghur men and forced sterilization of Uyghur women is actually good, but Donald Trump can’t tweet. It is evil. And anyone defending Jack Dorsey’s death machine is complicit.”
The column is well worth reading.
Twitter also erased the accounts of the Trump campaign and its digital director, Gary Coby. All across social media, people who support Trump are being banned, unpersoned, throttled, and shadow-banned. The events of January 6 at the U.S. Capitol were used to justify a massive, ongoing online purge of anyone affiliated with Trump, including Apple and Amazon’s efforts to kill Parler for refusing to end free speech by Trump supporters. Apple banned Parler from its app store as Amazon, owned by gazillionaire Jeff Bezos, who also owns the propaganda factory known as the Washington Post, suddenly informed Parler it could no longer use its servers.
In a test run at tech totalitarianism, Twitter banned Trump for 11 minutes on Nov. 2, 2017. Users visiting his page were informed, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” Twitter claimed the account was “deactivated due to human error.”
The Left was overjoyed that Trump was silenced, if only briefly.
“Just gonna say it, the employee at Twitter who shut off Trump’s account for 11 mins could become a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize[,]” tweeted former U.S. Rep David Jolly, a Republican turned Independent, on November 2, 2017.
A day before Twitter permanently banned Trump, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram banned the sitting president of the United States, hindering his ability to communicate with the people who elected him.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to left-wing groups to rig the election against Trump, piously intoned January 7. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
An incensed Ratajkowski tweeted, “This gives Facebook/tech/Zuck THE MOST POWER. If he can shut the president up/off he can shut any of us up/off[.]”
Twitch, a video-streaming website owned by Amazon, locked down Trump’s account January 7, preventing him from live-streaming. The same day e-commerce store provider Shopify deleted two stores affiliated with Trump — one run by the Trump campaign and another belonging to the Trump organization, TrumpStore.com.
On January 6, Snapchat silenced Trump. Months before that the website took Trump off its Discover feature as it embraced the violent Black Lives Matter movement.
Although President Trump does not have a Pinterest account, the company has been limiting hashtags pertaining to pro-Trump topics, such as #StopTheSteal. “Pinterest isn’t a place for threats, promotion of violence or hateful content,” a Pinterest spokesthingy told Axios. “Our team is continuing to monitor and removing harmful content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories that may incite violence.”
The Communist Chinese-owned TikTok is banning videos of Trump’s speeches to his supporters, claiming such content violates the company’s misinformation policy. The president does not have a TikTok account.
Shopify kicked out stores associated with Trump, claiming “that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause.”
All these leftist claims that President Trump is engaged in a coup d’état are the products of fevered minds. A coup involves overthrowing an existing government, not keeping a government in power.
But semantics aside, honest observers know the actual coup, which has been in progress since 2016, is being attempted by the Left. Its most recent publicly exposed iteration was when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) violated, at a minimum, her oath of office, by pressing the Pentagon to ignore the orders of the Commander-in-Chief. Removing the president from the chain of command “would amount to a military coup,” the New York Times reported Jan. 8, quoting officials.
Pelosi is now pushing to impeach Trump a second time on his way out the door. Newly drafted articles of impeachment dishonestly accuse the president of having “gravely endangered the security of the United States.”
Given the mass hysteria gripping Capitol Hill, Trump could actually become the first president ever impeached, convicted by the Senate, and removed from office, but time is not on the side of Trump Derangement Syndrome. If Trump had weeks or even months remaining in office, there might be time for leftists to blackmail, burn down the homes, and kill the family pets of reluctant Republican senators to force them to oust our duly elected president based on Democrat lies.
But there isn’t.
According to soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the earliest the matter could reach the Senate floor would be after Trump leaves office at Noon on January 20. The only way around that, under Senate rules, would be if all 100 senators agreed to allow to waive the rules to allow an impeachment trial, assuming the House could ram articles of impeachment through in coming days.
So President Trump will probably complete his term of office, only to face a tsunami of baseless criminal prosecutions and vexatious lawsuits after serving his fellow Americans faithfully for four years without pay.
When fake president Joe Biden and his communist sidekick Kamala Harris take office, patriotic Americans will have to ramp up their efforts to take the country back from these leftist usurpers and other criminals.
Let us pray it is not too late.
This article by Matthew Vadum appeared Jan. 11, 2021, at FrontPageMag.