What started with Twitter was inevitably bound to end with Twitter. Following years of demands from progressive and liberal Democrats to silence Trump, Jack Dorsey and company have officially thrown down the gauntlet. As of today, the 8th day of January 2021, President Donald J. Trump is permanently banned from Twitter.
In a statement released on Twitter, the reason for the ban was explained as follows:
“After close review of recent Tweets from the
@realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
So What Happens Now?
The ban from Dorsey will undoubtedly kneecap what the soon-to-be-ex-president can do in the short term in regards to mobilizing his political network and supporters. There has been speculation since before the 2016 election that Trump was considering launching a cable news network to rival Fox News and CNN. The Twitter ban could potentially spur Trump into pursuing that course of action.
Another communication possibility for Trump could be buying or taking partial ownership in a Twitter-rival social media company like Parler. This route could make sense for Trump, considering that the Twitter-medium is one the president has excelled at harnessing to communicate his agenda. Such a move might prove risky, however, as Apple just announced that they have warned Parler executives that they could potentially face an Apple app-store ban for Parler’s role in the Capitol Siege on January 6th.
UPDATED 8.pm. President trump responds to Twitter ban with the following statement: