Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC today, breaking windows and stealing property.
Egging them on, as recently as earlier today, has been President Donald Trump himself, who has refused to concede the election even in the face of overwhelming evidence that he lost to challenger Joe Biden.
“Our country has had enough.” Trump told a crowd today. “We will not take it anymore.” He also vowed to “never concede.”
After issuing several weak statements, the president uploaded a video of a short and characteristically rambling statement to his Twitter account. Unsurprisingly, in the video Trump doubled down on his claims that it was a rigged election.
“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt,” Trump told the rioters. “So go home, we love you, you are very special… We have to have peace, we have to have law and order.”
Risk of Violence
Twitter promptly flagged the video “due to a risk of violence.” As a resulted, the video can no longer be replied to, retweeted, or liked.
It’s a surprising move, considering that the social media platform has only flagged Trump’s misleading claims about election fraud as being “disputed” following president-elect Joe Biden’s win late last year.
Countless Twitter users have since called for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove Trump’s account entirely.
“Let me say in no uncertain terms [Jack],” wrote New York Times reporter Kara Swisher in a tweet, “if you do not suspend Donald Trump’s Twitter account for the next day at least, this mob attack on Congress is also on you.”
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