This week marked a solemn anniversary of a tragic event that strained the foundations of American democracy. The January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. by Donald Trump’s cult disciples will go down in history as one of the nation’s darkest days. It was a day that will be recognized for Trump’s orchestration of an attempted coup. And on its anniversary, true to form, Trump reminded everyone just how loathsome an individual he is.
As it happens, this week celebrates another more pleasant day of yesteryear. It was one year ago on January 8, 2021, that Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account. Twitter imposed the ban two days after Trump’s deadly riots on Capitol Hill, saying that “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” That was a prudent observation that has borne itself out in the intervening months. In fact, A study conducted after Trump was banned from Twitter showed that “online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent.” So the departure of Trump and his crackpot crusaders actually made the Internet noticeably better.
This anniversary of Trump’s dishonorable discharge from Twitter would be a good time to recall how he went out. His very last tweet was a pretty good summation of the whole of his noxious public persona. Trump tweeted…
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Perfect. Trump displayed his egomaniacal self-absorption along with his rancid disrespect for the traditions that have defined America’s democracy for decades. For Trump there would be no appreciation for the principle of a peaceful transfer of power. His gargantuan and insatiable conceit would not allow him to acknowledge that he is a loser and, as Biden aptly noted, “a defeated former president.”
In addition to that, Trump’s last day on Twitter also contained this demented outburst…
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
And subsequently, Trump spent the next year petulantly whining that he and his followers have been disrespected and mistreated.
Plus, Trump spoke of the insurrection while it was in progress with the sort of inflammatory lies that incited the assault against Congress in the first place, tweeting that…
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
And of course, Trump provoked his glassy-eyed devotees to harass and threaten his cowardly and disloyal vice-president, tweeting that…
“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. USA demands the truth!”
That’s what Trump left us with on Twitter as he was thrust into social media exile. It is evidence that Twitter acted appropriately to deny him the use of their platform to spew more of his dishonest and seditious ravings.
Unfortunately, that didn’t entirely shut him up. Trump continues to bombard the Twitterverse with his bombastic rhetoric thanks to his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington, who obediently posts his every infantile inkling, despite that being a violation of Twitter’s rules prohibiting the circumvention of a ban.
If anything, Trump’s behavior has gotten even more deranged since his pseudo-departure from the web. He has filed an asinine lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google, to force them to carry his psychotic rants. He has ordered his minions To “drop off of Twitter” and called for it to be outlawed. And he has expressed his regret that he didn’t ban Facebook and Twitter when he was occupying the White House.
Trump also claims to be launching his own social media enterprise/scam that is most likely to fail, just like almost every other business he’s run. But even if he gets it off the ground, people will have to wonder what the appeal of a website that is populated solely by Trumpist crackpots would be. Most Americans would describe it as Hell on Earth.
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