There is no way to know for certain what these past few months would have been like if Donald Trump still had access to his Twitter. His account was banned after he helped incite the deadly January 6th insurrection, a controversial decision that just may well have prevented a repeat of the deadly Capitol siege.
Who knows what tweets Trump—increasingly seized by delusions that he won the election and will eventually be reinstated as president—might have blasted out to his millions of followers? Twitter used an unconventional solution to an unconventional problem and the world is likely better off because of it.
Of course, Donald Trump has means of communication with the public other than Twitter and has been semi-regularly releasing statements through intermediaries. Not surprisingly, some of these statements have been about his obsession with his social media. He recently attacked Facebook for extending his ban and today he released a statement to congratulate the country of Nigeria for banning Twitter.
The African nation “suspended, indefinitely” the social media website’s ability to operate within its borders after Twitter deleted a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in which he implied he might take violent action against people in the southeast of the country.
“More COUNTRIES should ban Facebook and Twitter for not allowing free speech and open speech — all voices should be heard,” said Trump. He went on to insist that “competitors” will emerge to unseat the two megapopular sites, although it’s unclear who these alleged competitors might be.
“Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?” added Trump, a man who by every traditional metric is without qualification “evil.”
The disgraced former president mused that he should have banned Twitter while he was still president, conveniently ignoring the fact that the First Amendment exists and the president doesn’t have unilateral power to ban things.
“2024?” Trump ended the statement, implying that if he runs and somehow wins again he could ban Twitter. At this point, it’s difficult to interpret his remarks as anything more than a desperate bid for attention but this country has made the mistake of underestimating him before. For that reason alone it’s imperative that we investigate any and all crimes he may have committed during his time in the White House and open a full probe into January 6th.
The leader of the Republican Party wants countries to ban Facebook and Twitter and suggests regret for not doing so himself while in office, something of course he wouldn’t have had the power to do. pic.twitter.com/kYaklqT1Js
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 8, 2021
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