After Twitter put Trump on a 12-hour suspension ,On Friday evening, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
That step was taken in the aftermath of a mob of Trump’s supporters storming Capitol Hill on Wednesday as legislators certified President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. Trump held a rally for his supporters earlier that afternoon.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter wrote in a statement.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” the statement read. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
Trump posted a video following his 12-hour suspension, which ended on Thursday, in which he struck a conciliatory tone, calling for peace and seeming to denounce the protesters who stormed the Capitol, resulting in the death of at least five people, including one U.S. Capitol Police officer.
That tone swiftly changed amid calls for his impeachment from a growing number of leaders in Congress, along with questions about whether Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet would consider invoking the 25th Amendment and removing Trump from office.
Other top Trump advisors have also had their Twitter accounts suspended for similar reasons, including Trump’s former national security adviser and the retired director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn