Calls for Trump’s Twitter to be suspended after violence erupts at U.S. capitol
Twitter users are calling for the suspension of U.S. President Donald Trump’s account on the social media site following claims that he incited the ongoing violence that is currently rocking Washington.
Protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building during the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election win on Wednesday in a situation that is ongoing, with windows smashed and reports emerging that guns have been drawn within the House.
Politicians and reporters have fled to safer parts of the building and the mayor has imposed a 6:00 p.m. ET curfew for the entire D.C. area.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump was tweeting information discrediting the U.S. election result, issuing unsubstantiated claims that the election was “rigged.”
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” tweeted Trump.
“USA demands the truth!”
Trump also tweeted in December about the Wednesday rally that led to the violence, telling his reporters to “be there” and that it “will be wild.”
Speaking at the Wednesday rally, Trump said he would “never concede” the election and goaded the crowd to march on the Capitol, where hordes of protesters were already gathered.
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“We will never give up,” Trump told the lunchtime rally.
While he tweeted requested for everyone in the Capitol to “remain peaceful,” the violence raged on — prompting calls for his account to be suspended.
“And Twitter needs to suspend Trump’s account. How is he allowed to keep fomenting this sedition?” wrote twitter user Roxane Gay.
Another user wrote that Trump should be “arrested” in addition to the suspension.
One user added that if Twitter doesn’t suspend Trump’s account, then they will also be partially responsible for the ongoing violence.
Global News has reached out to Twitter for comment.
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