President Trump was locked out of his own Twitter account Wednesday after his supporters stormed into the Capitol Building in a last-ditch effort to prevent lawmakers from ratifying Joe Biden’s victory.
Twitter went on to delete a one-minute video address Trump posted to the site as well as a statement blaming the chaos on election fraud. Twitter said the posts violated its Civil Integrity and Violent Threats policies.
“I know how you feel, but go home and go home in peace. I know you’re in pain. I know you’re hurt,” said Trump in the video. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
Facebook and Instagram followed suit, banning the president from his accounts for 24 hours.
“We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time,” said Facebook.
Lawmakers holding session to count Electoral College votes were interrupted Wednesday morning when a mob of Trump supporters charged into the building.
One protestor – an air force vet – was shot and killed.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) responded by activating the DC National Guard and implementing a strict curfew. Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in to search the area after the crowd was cleared.
Officials on both sides of the aisle are blaming President Trump for the siege even though he encouraged the protestors to “go home in peace.”
“What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States,” says Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT). The attack on the Capitol was the result of a “selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning.”
Equally surprising here is the fact that protestors were able to get into the Capitol Building.
“There were clearly enormous strategic and planning failures by the Capitol Police, by Sergeant at Arms, and anyone else who was a part of coordinating this effort,” argues Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). “This is the United States Capitol Building, with the US Congress in session handling the presidential election process.”
“The reinforcements that we thought – that I was told would be in place…There was a strategic breakdown, for sure, and you can bet your ass we are going to get to the bottom of it.”
Ryan says he will meet personally with Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund to demand answers. In the meantime, we can expect a lawsuit from President Trump against Facebook and Twitter for violating his First Amendment rights by blocking him from posting to his accounts.