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The far-left social media platform Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s personal account, locked the president’s official government account and conducted a purge of prominent pro-Trump accounts on Friday.
The extraordinary, unprecedented, uneven move — one not applied to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Louis Farrakhan, Richard Spencer and Chinese propagandists — provoked widespread outrage from the right and the middle.
The move also provoked the president himself into releasing a scathing statement excoriating “Democrats and the Radical Left” for their endorsement of authoritarian censorship and vowing to develop his “own platform in the near future.”
The president initially sought to release the statement through @POTUS after his personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was suspended for reasons deemed highly dubious by centrist and right-wing critics, but Twitter prevented that as well.
“Twitter quickly removed the tweets from the @Potus account, citing its policy on banned users trying to circumvent it via other accounts,” Fox News notes.
Left with no other option, the president then resorted to releasing the statement through the White House press pool — a move which, thankfully for those concerned about freedom, cannot be stopped without a full-scale coup against him.
Trump releases statement on being banned by Twitter. Via pool: pic.twitter.com/p5Chj37hkx
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 9, 2021
“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 they would not exist for long,” the statement reads.
“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!”
The president concluded his statement by declaring that “Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH” and that their true intention is “promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely.”
He was 100 percent right about “the most vicious people in the world” still being permitted to speak freely on the far-left social media platform.
Take Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a vicious antisemite who’s used Twitter to call for the elimination of Israel and even directly threaten the United States.
The nation of Palestine is under various, severe pressures. Then, the UAE acts in agreement with the Israelis & filthy Zionist agents of the U.S. —such as the Jewish member of Trump’s family— with utmost cruelty against the interests of the World of Islam.#UAEStabsMuslims
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 1, 2020
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 9, 2014
The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget the martyrdom of Hajj Qasem Soleimani and will definitely strike a reciprocal blow to the US.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 21, 2020
Note the blatant threat in the latter tweet.
In banning the president from the platform, Twitter pointed to two tweets he’d posted Friday that the network suggested glorified violence.
“These two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks,” the company said.
“After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
Yet all the tweets said was that, one, the president “won’t be attending the inauguration” of President-elect Joe Biden, and two, the 75 million Americans who voted for him “will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future.”
That’s it …
Meanwhile, Twitter allowed the Chinese government to celebrate its forced sterilization and “demographic genocide” of Uygur Muslims.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 8, 2021
“The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children,” the Associated Press reported this past summer.
“While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known. … The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of ‘demographic genocide.'”
Not until intense backlash ensued did Twitter finally remove the tweet seen above, though of course the social media network has allowed the account to remain active, meaning it may continue to propagate horrifying propaganda.
According to the New York Post’s editorial board, the reason why genuine hate-mongers are allowed to remain on Twitter is likely because “Twitter is run by American liberals, who only really police one type of person, of one political persuasion,” i.e. American conservatives.
“Some of Trump’s tweets were untrue and incendiary, but so are Ayatollah Khamenei’s. His account is still up. Difference is Twitter is run by American liberals, who only really police one type of person, of one political persuasion.” @NYPostOpinionhttps://t.co/mix7XhRvKx
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) January 9, 2021
The president’s suspension from Twitter was followed by the purge of countless pro-Trump accounts, including those of Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, etc.
I’ve lost 10,000 followers from Twitter’s purge today.
Follow me on @parler_app at JennaEllisEsq
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) January 8, 2021
Condemnation and warnings have emerged from the right, the middle and the sane liberal left, with only Biden/Clinton-styled leftists supporting the draconian purge — and everybody else warning that this is just the beginning.
Democrats are cheering censorship of their political opponents. They are coming for you next. pic.twitter.com/GDrBTNlxSY
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 9, 2021
Before the election, Facebook and Twitter united to censor reporting by a major newspaper about Joe and Hunter Biden. They just banned it from spreading. Now they united to ban the President himself from their monopolistic platforms. Ponder the unaccountable power they wield.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021
The dominant strain of US liberalism now is authoritarianism. They want their adversaries censored and imprisoned. They revere the FBI, CIA, NSA, corporate mediam big tech. There’s a reason neocons are their thought leaders & Bush/Cheney operatives & CIA goons are their TV stars.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021
Corporate left/liberals are desperate for revenge. They will use all powers at their disposal, public and private, to neutralize their purported “insurrectionist” enemies — and they absolutely do not care one bit what civil liberties are destroyed in the process
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 9, 2021
Leftists are so blinded by their hatred for Trump that they do not understand how absolutely terrifying it is that tech companies can censor the sitting President of the United States.
They will not get it until ALL of their freedoms are gone.
They are that blinded by hate.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 8, 2021
A major political party and massive multinational corporations are removing their political opposition
Its a cultural coup
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) January 8, 2021
“Having succeeded in turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio.”
— Klaus Slob😃 (@groovermint) January 8, 2021
#Tucker‘s open: “The crackdown on America’s civil liberties is coming. We told you that yesterday. Turns out, it didn’t take long. It is here now. And its unprecedented. And it will have consequences. This will cause extremism. Actions taken to suppress extremism will cause it.” pic.twitter.com/1yUEXBjIRV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 9, 2021
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