Twitter said Friday it has permanently suspended the personal account of President Donald Trump, saying two tweets he posted Friday morning were appearing to rile up his supporters on social media two days after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter posted Friday.
In a blog post, Twitter said two tweets the president sent on Friday were the final straw — not because of any over-the-top language, but because of how they were being perceived on social media.
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” Trump Tweeted Friday morning.
A short time later, he tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said the the announcement Trump would not attend the inauguration was being seen on social media as him not accepting the election results — something he has falsely claimed for two months since the election. It could also be seen as a signal for those considering violent acts that it was a “safe” target because Trump would not be there,” the platform said.