During a Wednesday appearance on CNBC, Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal indicated that Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter is permanent and would not be reversed even if he were to be elected president again in the future. Originally, Twitter banned Trump from its platform after a mob that he incited stormed the U.S. Capitol building while Congress was inside and working through the formal certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. The violence is connected to multiple deaths, dozens of injuries, and it put the lives of members of Congress and many others who were on the scene in serious danger.
Segal commented as follows:
‘The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official. Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service, and our policies don’t allow people to come back.’
Trump isn’t the only recent high-profile conservative interest to get banned from the platform. Recently, the company also removed Jim Hoft, the founder of the far-right conspiracy-mongering site The Gateway Pundit, which masquerades as a serious news source but consistently pushes unhinged — and often strange — conspiracies. Segal added the following, discussing Trump’s case:
‘He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.’
Watch his comments below:
"The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official," says $TWTR CFO @nedsegal on if President Trump's account could be restored. pic.twitter.com/ZZxascb9Rz
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) February 10, 2021
If Trump had a Twitter account, then he might be using it to spread some of his familiar vitriol this week. According to a report from CNN’s chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, Trump was “basically screaming” as he apparently watched a disastrous presentation from his legal team at his Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday. During his rambling presentation, Trump lawyer Bruce Castor praised the voice of the late Senator Everett Dirksen, called Nebraska a “judicial thinking place” — whatever that’s supposed to mean, spoke nostalgically about record players, and more. Even Republican Senators like Texas’s John Cornyn and Ted Cruz expressed skepticism about Castor’s presentation.
Multiple people tell me Trump was basically screaming as Castor made a meandering opening argument that struggled to get at the heart of the defense team's argument.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 9, 2021
It’s unclear whether Trump would even seek public office again. His Save America PAC ended 2020 with some $31 million on hand after he spent months fundraising off the lie that the 2020 presidential election was rigged for Joe Biden. Much more donor money went towards ads than actual legal expenses during Trump’s fight against the election outcome.