Former President Donald Trump had a real “I’m not mad!” moment this week following actions taken against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) by the social media giants Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, her personal account was permanently banned for repeated violations of the company’s policies against spreading misinformation related to COVID-19, and the day after that ban was revealed, Greene shared that she’d been suspended from posting or commenting on Facebook for 24 hours. Of course, she made melodramatic complaints of censorship and more, and Trump echoed this line of mind-numbingly inane argument.
The fact that a sitting Member of Congress is toying with the idea of a civil war 8 days before January 6 should alarm everyone.
We expelled 14 Members in 1861 for supporting the confederacy. Why does Marjorie Taylor Greene still have her seat?
She must be expelled.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) December 29, 2021
Sure, Americans are contracting COVID-19 in record numbers, with hospitalizations connected to the virus also rising — but social media companies weren’t nice enough to Marjorie Taylor Greene! And that’s what these self-obsessed national embarrassments are very worried about. As Trump angrily put it:
‘Twitter is a disgrace to democracy. They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook. Everybody should drop off of Twitter and Facebook. They’re boring, have only a Radical Left point of view, and are hated by everyone. They are a disgrace to our Nation. Keep fighting, Marjorie!’
So private businesses have rights that Republican leaders are passionately interested in protecting… until those businesses’ expressions of those rights threaten the GOP’s political interests. Got it. Check out Trump’s rambling statement in full by clicking on the post below:
President Donald J. Trump:
"Twitter is a disgrace to democracy. They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like… pic.twitter.com/1k8EBViWTc
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 4, 2022
Greene’s complaints following her permanent removal (in her personal capacity) from Twitter and her temporary suspension from posting on Facebook referenced the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), making it appear as though references to that on her part were among the inciting issues. The VAERS system has been routinely misrepresented by conspiracists like Greene. It chronicles, among other things, deaths that occur after the administration of COVID-19 vaccines — whether or not there’s any evidence at all that links the deaths to the shots. “Healthcare providers are required to report any death after vaccination to VAERS even if there is no indication it was caused by the vaccine, and reported incidents are not evidence of a causal link,” Reuters notes. It’s a monitoring system, which has been grossly misconstrued by those looking for reasons to foster mistrust of vaccines.
Twitter has permanently banned Georgia Republican conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene's account "for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 2, 2022