Trump slams Twitter as ‘disgrace to democracy’ over Marjorie Taylor Greene ban

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Former President Donald Trump took another swipe at Twitter late Monday after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was banned from the platform for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Twitter is a disgrace to democracy,” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC. “They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country.” 

“Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook,” added the 45th president, referencing a 24-hour suspension Greene received from the Mark Zuckerberg-founded social network Monday. 

“Everybody should drop off of Twitter and Facebook,” Trump concluded. “They’re boring, have only a Radical Left point of view, and are hated by everyone. They are a disgrace to our Nation. Keep fighting, Marjorie!”

Twitter banned the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
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The former president is not a stranger to Twitter punishment, having been barred from the site early last year in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump was also banned from Facebook and YouTube at the time.

Trump’s statement came one day after Twitter yanked Greene’s personal account from the site. Her official congressional account “@RepMTG” is still online.

“We permanently suspended the account … for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”

The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on an iPhone screen on January 08, 2021
Donald Trump was banned from Twitter in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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Soon after, Greene accused Twitter of being “an enemy of the people.”

“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” she wrote on Telegram, adding that she would show America that “we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies.” 

Multiple Republicans came to Greene’s defense, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who accused the social media giant of silencing Americans and infringing on free speech.

“Their recent decisions to silence Americans — including a sitting member of Congress and renowned physicians — who share views different from the political and media elite have real world costs,” McCarthy said in a statement. “In fact, as we get more information on the virus it is clear many of the views once demonized by technology companies and the political elite are turning out to be true.”

“The doctrines of lockdowns, school closures, and the threat of covid-19 illness according to age groups and previous infection are currently being reversed,” the minority leader added. “On the other end of the spectrum, Americans on the political left, including popular cable news hosts, members of Congress, and even the Vice President, have themselves made public comments that are now universally understood to be false. Yet, they face no repercussions from the gatekeepers of America’s town square.”

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Donald Trump was also banned from Facebook and YouTube.
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Greene’s latest ban from Twitter is the fourth time the social media company has taken action against the congresswoman for misinformation. She was previously suspended from the platform in August.

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