Former President Trump slammed “low-life Twitter” over its decision to permanently suspend the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for violating the platform policy on COVID misinformation.
“Twitter is a disgrace to democracy. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people,” Trump said in an emailed statement from his Save American PAC. “They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook.”
Trump said the big tech company “shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this country, and encouraged supporters to “drop off of” both Twitter and Facebook, calling them “boring” as they only portray “Radical left point of views.”
“They are a disgrace to our Nation. Keep fighting, Marjorie!” Trump said.
Trump, who had 88.6 million followers, was permanently banned from Twitter last January “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” over his postings days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Twitter has said the suspension will remain even if Trump runs again for president in 2024.
On Sunday, Twitter decided to “permanently suspend” the Conservative firebrand personal account, citing “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.” The move came after Greene had previously violated Twitter’s policy four times in the past before they kicked her off from using her personal account. The permanent suspension does not apply to Greene’s official Twitter Congressional account.
Greene’s final tweet that promptly led to Twitter permanently booting her from the platform occurred when she posted, “extremely high amounts of COVID vaccine deaths are ignored, and government forced vaccine mandates are increased.”
In a statement on the messaging app Telegram, Greene blasted Twitter’s move as un-American. The Georgia Congresswoman wrote that her account was suspended after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a database run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that reports “early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines.”
“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” Greene said in a statement shared on Telegram. “That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them, and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hammered Twitter for its decision to silence Americans “including a sitting member of Congress and renowned physicians” and vowed Republicans will act on addressing Section 230 once they take control of the House next year.
“Big Tech platforms should not be allowed to use the shield of Section 230, which was designed to foster an open internet, to censor first amendment protected free speech. House Republicans will be ready to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally safeguarded views, just like we have laws on the books today that prohibit discrimination by corporations in many other contexts. The American experiment is dependent on the freedom and ability of Americans to express themselves, which Republicans are fighting to preserve,” McCarthy said in a lengthy statement Monday that did not mention Greene by name.
“It is clear any speech that does not fit Big Tech’s orthodoxy gets muzzled,” McCarthy added. “America is poorer for that conduct.”
Meanwhile, as Trump, McCarthy, and a handful of conservatives came to Greene’s defense, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) blasted his colleague, alleging that is she is attempting to play the victim for political gain.
“That Marjorie scoffed at the notion of supporting anti-censorship legislation is indicative of her true intent: to remain a victim,” Crenshaw said on Instagram Stories. “She doesn’t want solutions, and she doesn’t care if you get censored. She just wants to keep being a victim so she can ask you for campaign donations. It’s a scam.”