President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account has been permanently suspended due to the “risk of further incitement of violence,” leaving his page blank.
Twitter locked the president’s account Friday after he posted tweets calling his supporters “patriots” and saying he would not attend the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.
His tweets are no longer visible on the platform and photos have been removed from the profile. The page now reads, “Account suspended” and underneath that, “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.”
Trump, who had roughly 89 million followers, routinely posted to Twitter and used it to build his base and spread his messages. He regularly tweeted dozens of times a day and since the election used the platform to claim the election was stolen from him.
The official account for the President of the United States, @POTUS, remains live. Trump issued a statement Friday evening that denounced Twitter as an enemy of free speech and floated the idea that he might build his own “platform,” also posted it on the @POTUS account, where it was quickly deleted.
In the Trump tweets cited by Twitter, the president stated that he will not be attending the inauguration and referred to his supporters as “American Patriots,” saying they will have “a GIANT VOICE long into the future.” Twitter said these statements “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”
Solange Reyner is a writer and editor for Newsmax. She has more than 15 years in the journalism industry reporting and covering news, sports and politics.
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