Predictably, former President Donald Trump responded to the news that Facebook is upholding the ban on his account. The oversight board asked that Facebook complete the review within six months, so it’s not a permanent ban. Trump was deplatformed for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, and he has continued with the same rhetoric that resulted with supporters of the former president storming the U.S. Capitol. Trump didn’t take the news of the ban very well.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Trump wrote. “Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before.”
Actually, though, Joe Biden is the President of the United States. Sure, past U.S. leaders are addressed as presidents, but Trump seems a bit confused in that statement. But, there’s more.
“The People of our Country will not stand for it!” Trump added. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”
Trump statement following the news from Facebook’s Oversight Board upholding its ban on him pic.twitter.com/o6lfGdKYnl
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) May 5, 2021
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Twitter users weighed in:
I’m surprised he didn’t add a hyperlink for “donations”
— Brett Mckeithan (@willECU93) May 5, 2021
Correction: FORMER POTUS.
— OStateGal. 🌊🖤🏳️🌈 (@WaltersCathy) May 5, 2021
The completely random capitalization is always bizarre.
— Jason Buhrmester (@jbuhrmester) May 5, 2021
Uh, that would be “Former President” dude.
— TimothyGraves (@Timothy01362782) May 5, 2021
Sorry homie. You got fired.
— Todd Bell (@Tbelljaiyen) May 5, 2021
@DonaldJTrumpJr you might want to remind your Dad he is no longer POTUS. You also might want him to be checked for dementia or Alzheimer’s. Seems he’s living in an alternate reality.
— Ms. M (@WhyleeCoyote) May 5, 2021
The president is still on all those media platforms. When did Biden get banned?
Also these “free enterprise” Republicans really hate companies making independent decisions.
— Krishna Bhakta (@krishbhakta) May 5, 2021
Well, Trump once again is wrong. We are not entitled to free speech on social sites. There are rules, and if you break them, they ban you. It’s simple, really. Go cry on your new blog, dude.