President Trump has been banned from Twitter and Facebook following a violent attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol, causing destruction of property, injury and death. On Saturday, celebrities and public figures, many of whom sparred publicly with Trump on the platforms, reacted to the news.
While the Trump administration called the Wednesday security breach “appalling” and pledged “an orderly transition of power” going forward, many blame the president for dividing the country — the riot was a failed attempt to disrupt Joe Biden’s electoral college certification and a culmination of Trump’s refusal to accept defeat in the Nov. 3 election.
On Friday, Twitter Safety tweeted, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Thursday that Trump’s “decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building” led to his indefinite ban on the social network (and Instagram) “and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
Chrissy Teigen, who was blocked by Trump in 2017 after she tweeted “lol no one likes you,” wrote “AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA….” Tensions between the entrepreneur and president began growing in 2011 and last year, Trump referred to her as the “filthy mouthed wife” of John Legend after the singer gave a television interview on criminal justice reform.
The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg wrote “Finally” and colleague Meghan McCain added, “He’s gonna burn the White House to the ground.” On Thursday’s episode, McCain said of Trump, “He is clearly a president who has turned into a mad king. And at this point, I’m calling on all Republicans and conservatives who still have clout, we have to invoke the 25th Amendment. We cannot withstand this.”
This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not rule out impeaching Trump for the second time if his administration does not invoke the 25th Amendment which authorizes the vice president to replace the commander-in-chief if he resigns or dies.
“The year is looking up again,” tweeted Jameela Jamil.
Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen tweeted, “Twitter finally banned Trump! We did it!” While John Cusack wrote, “This move by Twitter and Facebook are the biggest blows to his fascism.” And Bette Midler, who in November called the president “a bottomless pit of need” after he refused to concede to Biden, celebrated by writing, “CHURCH BELLS! RING THROUGHOUT THE LAND, SO EVERYONE KNOWS! IT’S OVER! TRUMP SUSPENDED FROM INCITING TO VIOLENCE ON TWITTER!”
However, some celebs protested the Twitter ban — Antonio Sabato Jr., who claims he was blacklisted from Hollywood after supporting Trump at the Republican National Convention in 2016, tweeted at Twitter founder Jack Dorsey: “You evil dirtbags Twitter @jack ASSES! Just please suspend all of us who support The Greatest President in History @realDonaldTrump and cut to the chase. Have a good time” adding #TrumpWon.
Megyn Kelly tweeted, “If you’re on the right or not woke or want to raise Q’s about the integrity of our electoral system, you’re next.”
And Kirstie Alley, who in October shared plans to vote for Trump a second time, added, “If we are going to agree that private businesses like twitter have a right to discriminate against anyone they want because of politics then we are laying the groundwork for businesses to discriminate against race, gender, religion, sexual persuasion etc..GIANT STEP BACKWARDS.”
She also shared a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that questioned the “unchecked power” of tech companies to silence users. Alley wrote, “ALL people should be concerned is the KEY here. It’s true, the average person will no longer have a platform to speak their views. This is called SLAVERY. This censorship proves BIG TECH now holds the keys to the chains.”
To which Patricia Arquette responded: “No. This is a shocking minimization of the sheer vicious brutality of real slavery. Children were sold away out of their parents arms. People were worked and beaten to death. Shackled. Women were raped. Couples were separated and sold. Shame on you.” Arquette added that the Cheers alum was “incredibly spoiled if you think it’s equatable in any way” and vowed to mute and block her account.
You evil dirtbags Twitter @jack ASSES!
Just please suspend all of us who support The Greatest President in History @realDonaldTrump and cut to the chase.
Have a good time 🤙🇺🇸#TrumpWonpic.twitter.com/kkmdahF3R4
— Antonio Sabáto Jr 🇺🇸 (@AntonioSabatoJr) January 8, 2021
f we are going to agree that private businesses like twitter have a right to discriminate against anyone they want because of politics then we are laying the groundwork for businesses to discriminate against race, gender, religion, sexual persuasion etc..GIANT STEP BACKWARDS
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) January 9, 2021
ALL people should be concerned is the KEY here. It’s true, the average person will no longer have a platform to speak their views. This is called SLAVERY. This censorship proves BIG TECH now holds the keys to the chains. https://t.co/d6zMnJ8JWM
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) January 9, 2021