Lawmakers and a civil liberties group are speaking out against Twitter’s decision on Friday to permanently ban President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Trump suggests building own platform after Twitter ban Poll: 18 percent of Republicans support Capitol riots MORE from its platform.
Twitter decided to ban Trump for violation of its glorification of violence policy. Many on the right have taken to Twitter to speak out against this decision.
Mike PompeoMike PompeoSanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won’t be tolerated Pompeo meets with Biden nominee for State as part of transition Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: ‘As a nation we need to heal’ MORE, Secretary of State, tweeted that “Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left” and compared Twitter to the Chinese Communist Party.
Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years.
We cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) January 9, 2021
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCori Bush introduces legislation to sanction, remove all House members who supported election challenges Pelosi’s office vandalized after pro-Trump rioters storm Capitol GOP lawmakers plead for calm, urge Trump to help restore order amid Capitol violence MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden says Cruz, other Republicans responsible for ‘big lie’ that fueled Capitol mob Multiple Democratic senators call for Cruz and Hawley to resign Third-ranking Senate Democrat calls on Hawley, Cruz to resign after Capitol attack MORE (R.-Tex) also expressed their displeasure with Twitter’s decision.
Even those who oppose Trump should see the danger of having a small & unelected group with the power to silence & erase anyone.
And their actions will only stoke new grievances that will end up fueling the very thing they claim to be trying to prevent.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 9, 2021
Big Tech’s PURGE, censorship & abuse of power is absurd & profoundly dangerous.
If you agree w/ Tech’s current biases (Iran, good; Trump, bad), ask yourself, what happens when you disagree?
Why should a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech? https://t.co/ehgVYtHX7H
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 9, 2021
Republican Congressmen all described Twitter’s decision as big tech overreach and censorship.
By banning the duly elected President of the United States, Big Tech has declared they are more powerful than the will of the American people. Unelected tech oligarchs should not have such massive power over global discourse while enjoying little to no oversight/accountability.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 9, 2021
Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) also briefly changed her profile picture to one of Trump.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 9, 2021
The only way to stop Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook from censoring conservatives is to rein in their anticompetitive behavior.
They can censor you because they are a monopoly.
— Congressman Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckCoalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won’t challenge election results GOP attacks Democrats for allowing Moore to vote after positive COVID test LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker MORE (@RepKenBuck) January 9, 2021
Twitter purges conservatives. Google suspends Parler.
Where was Big Tech over the summer when liberal voices were inciting violence in our streets?
To be clear: This isn’t about violence. This is about Big Tech trying to control what we think, what we share, how we communicate.
— Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (@RepBethVanDuyne) January 9, 2021
“For the few liberals left in the Democrat party: work with us to protect our most sacred rights. This must be our greatest priority,” Republican Congressman Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCrenshaw says Trump amped up Capitol mob: ‘People were lied to’ For NY Times, no news is fit to print about Rep. Swalwell and a spy Crenshaw releases ‘Georgia Reloaded’ ad in which he fights antifa MORE from Texas tweeted.
This will not end well and will only make things worse. Big tech must stop.
For the few liberals left in the Democrat party: work with us to protect our most sacred rights. This must be our greatest priority. https://t.co/B5CqptR3Jt
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 9, 2021
American Civil Liberties Union Senior Legislative Counsel Kate Ruane also put out a statement about Twitter’s decision saying the “unchecked power” tech has should concern everyone.
Ruane added that Trump has the ability to take his message elsewhere, but “Black, Brown, and LBGTQ activists” won’t have the same resources if social media platforms censor them.
ACLU struggling here on this one….this is American Civil Liberties Union after all. pic.twitter.com/mWFOWJPwon
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 9, 2021
Twitter has also suspended Trump’s campaign account and digital director for attempting to let Trump use their accounts to have a platform on the site. Twitter will continue to ban any accounts that try to help Trump get back to its platform.