Last night, Donald Trump was finally banned from Twitter for good, his mouthpiece to the masses muzzled for inciting violence and egging on his rioting supporters during and after Tuesday’s astonishing Capitol Hill siege.
The president’s terminally online son, Donald Trump Jr., predictably took to his Twitter account and melted down in hysterical fashion, moaning that we were now living in Orwell’s 1984 and that free speech no longer “existed” in America.
We are living Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few.
This is absolute insanity! https://t.co/s2z8ymFsLX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2021
The right-wing’s obsession with calling everything they don’t like “1984″ is reaching unsustainable levels. Just a few days ago, Josh Hawley whined that it was “Orwellian” for him to lose his book contract after a photograph of him egging on the Capitol Hill mob went viral on social media. In the conservative mind, any consequence for their actions that they don’t like is “Orwellian,” and the more they don’t like it, the more “Orwellian” it is.
Or, to put it another way:
Conservatives: LET THE FREE MARKET DECIDE
Free market: *decides*
Conservatives: this is outRAGEOUS
— Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) January 9, 2021
Sadly for Don Jr., his father agreed to the Twitter Terms of Service when he signed up for the site, and if he wanted to not get banned, he should have simply not used his Twitter account to incite a lynch mob against his own vice-president.
Twitter users immediately piled on and gave the man with the potential to be America’s First Imprisoned Son the ribbing he deserves:
We are living Van Halen’s 1984. All sick guitar riffs and Diamond Dave doing backflips in Lycra jumpsuits. https://t.co/l3BwinW9TZ
— Professor Garbage PhD (@maggieserota) January 9, 2021
"And then big brother banned the president from one of the social media platforms. This was the beginning of 1984." -George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
— Wild Geerters (@classiclib3ral) January 9, 2021
Without looking at Wikipedia, tell me what 1984 is about. Not the theme. Not what you dorks think it means. The actual plot of a book you've never read.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 9, 2021
— simon would like to live in uninteresting times (@SimonJadis) January 9, 2021
You realize you’re freely tweeting this, on Twitter, right?? https://t.co/6u61kRhB2O
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) January 9, 2021
Lol you're just mad because now you can't talk to your dad any more
— Aaron (@BobbyBigWheel) January 9, 2021
Wow someone sounds TRIGGERED.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 9, 2021
Wait til they take your right to walk around society freely? You know, after they convict you for all those crimes you committed.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) January 9, 2021