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'It took blood and glass on the floor' - CT lawmakers say President Trump should've been banned from Twitter earlier

Following the chaos at the Capitol, Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump's accounts - and some local lawmakers say it should have been done sooner.

News 12 Staff

Jan 9, 2021, 11:17 PM

Updated 1,258 days ago

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Following the chaos at the Capitol, Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump's accounts - and some local lawmakers say it should have been done sooner.
The social media site joined Facebook and Instagram Friday night in banning the president's personal and campaign accounts. It's also cracking down on the tweets he sent out and limiting the use of the White House account.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Twitter realized it had an obligation to stop the riots.
"It took blood and glass on the floor of the U.S. Capitol for Twitter to ban the president who incited that violence and instigated the assault," says Blumenthal.
Twitter released a statement, saying it made the decision after two of Trump's tweets on Friday would possibly incite violence.
The release says the use of the words "American Patriots" to describe his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the Capitol.
It also says his tweet stating he would not be attending the inauguration may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts - that the event would be a "safe" target since he won't be there.
Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted out Friday that that same tweet was a sign to the rioters to continue the fight.
The social media app Parler was banned from the Google Play Store Friday night. Google says posts on the platform known for being popular among conservatives incited violence in the U.S.
Apple has threated to remove it from its store.
Both Blumenthal, Murphy and Rep. Jim Himes are calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked - which would allow the vice president and Cabinet to remove the president. He has just 10 days left in office.
Twitter temporarily suspended the president's account Wednesday for 12 hours after the riots, and noted it made it clear then that more violations of the Twitter rules would potentially result in permanent suspension.


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