Here Are All The Best Reactions To Donald Trump Getting Permanently Suspended From Twitter
It's finally happened.
Well, it finally happened: outgoing US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter.
The social media platform has been key to Trump’s ascendency from the very beginning. Throughout his 2016 campaign, he used the site to shoot off insults, threats and policy positions. He didn’t slow down tweeting after he won the Presidency, either; he would frequently use the platform to cajole his critics, and drop rambly missives about ‘covfefe’.
He also frequently broke the site’s terms of service, threatening war and violence in a way that the site’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, claimed was enough “in the public interest” to avoid him getting banned.
President Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter.
"We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," the company said. https://t.co/ROhHIv02CI
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) January 9, 2021
But this week, Trump finally pushed Dorsey’s public interest defence too far. As protestors marched the Capitol, Trump dropped a video that appeared to many to be inciting further violence. That tweet was pulled, and the site promised further action against him. And then, this morning, it happened: the account got pulled.
Of course, as many on Twitter were quick to point out, this was all a little late.
Twitter, the company that created president Donald Trump, trying to put the genie back in the bottle after they’ve made themselves inconceivably rich and powerful off of his chaos deserves zero credit for doing the least they could do after it was too late. #regulatesocialmedia
— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) January 9, 2021
kind of like giving CPR to a skeleton at this point but cool thanks twitter
— ben mekler (@benmekler) January 8, 2021
Twitter after banning Trump 1,449 days into his presidency pic.twitter.com/W5bRvkskcs
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 8, 2021
Elsewhere on the app, more users still were busy turning the dramatic turn of events into meme fodder, imagining hypothetical scenarios in which Trump — and, in fact, the people who spent four years getting famous by snarkily replying to his tweets — tried to reverse the decision one way or another.
ppl who used to make money off of making fun of trump's typos pic.twitter.com/we5poKYhcN
— ? (@akirangei) January 9, 2021
What will Trump do on the toilet, now that he can’t rage-tweet?
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 9, 2021
i would give up a non-essential organ in exchange for video of someone telling him
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) January 8, 2021
trump on his way to twitter headquarters: pic.twitter.com/6CazPE0G3N
— anastasia ♡’s dxds (@91NEWANGEL) January 9, 2021
— Matt Erspamer (@erspamer_matt) January 9, 2021
the Twitter HQ reading Trumps suspension appeal pic.twitter.com/fWR4aAx5ro
— joshy (@joshe) January 9, 2021
BREAKING: President Trump suspended indefinitely from Letterboxd for describing Inside Llewyn Davis as “one of the lesser Coen brothers’ efforts”
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) January 8, 2021
Hello I am brand new to Twitter, what are you guys up to
— John Barron (@barronjohn1946) January 9, 2021
Found Trump’s alt 👇 https://t.co/z8tWUyGePd
— nick ciarelli (@nickciarelli) January 9, 2021
donald trump's youtube page has gone off the rails pic.twitter.com/kQHu2I8J3k
— TORMABLAS PICKASDFJKLFDSNMKOFDSJ (@Tormny_Pickeals) January 9, 2021
Of course, although the Twitter suspension is a pleasant turn of events, it’s not really enough to dismantle Trump’s cultural sway — he will be one of the most influential men in the world even after he stops being President, and news outlets around the world will drop everything to let him speak. A lot more needs to be done in order to reverse the tide of politics, not only in America, but overseas.