The actual president of the United States is now permanently banned from Twitter after inciting a riot that led his supporters to invade the Capitol Building carrying weapons, bombs, and zip ties, a riot that ended with five people dead. Like the internet troll he is, he has already tried to get around his ban, only to be banned a second time in short order.
Using the official @POTUS Twitter account once used and then passed on to Trump during the transition by President Obama, Trump tweeted about conspiracy theories involving Big Tech colluding with Democrats to take away the freedoms of Trump supporters, because that’s obviously how a president helps calm the tensions of an already dangerously divided public.
During the insurrection on Wednesday, there was a point in which Vice President Mike Pence was moved to a safe location while armed insurrectionists invaded the halls of Congress, during which Trump was not answering calls to send in the National Guard to save elected officials but took time to tweet that:
‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!’
In light of growing calls for impeachment, resignation, and an investigation, getting banned from Twitter may soon be the least of Trump’s worries.
Reports say that Twitter staff demanded that Trump’s personal account be deleted for repeatedly violating the terms of service. As one stated quite succinctly, “I think ‘don’t foment coups’ is a fairly bright line to draw.”