Twitter has removed a video posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, in which President Donald Trump urged his supporters to "go home" after a mob stormed and vandalized the U.S. Capitol in apparent protest the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
“We have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. And, we have to respect our great people in law and order – and we don’t want anybody hurt,” Trump says in the video posted in the afternoon.
Twitter had, initially, allowed the video, but blocked Trump's call for peace from being commented on or shared, on the basis that doing so might incite violence.
But, by Wednesday evening, Twitter had removed the video tweet, along with other Trump posts - and locked the president's Twitter account.
Twitter isn't the only social media platform to remove the president's call for peace, and its targeting of Pres. Trump is nothing new, NewsBusters reports:
The “risk of violence” claim was especially bizarre since Trump made it clear he was calling for “peace” and urging the protesters go home. Trump’s post on Facebook was similarly labeled: “The US has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the integrity of our elections.” At least Facebook didn’t treat a call for peace as a “risk of violence.”
Twitter has targeted Trump with more than a year of unprecedented restriction of his tweets. Trump and his campaign have been censored by Twitter 625 times, Twitter heavily restricted this post in kind.
“I know your pain. I know your hurt,” Trump says in the video, repeating his claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent. “But, we can’t play into the hands of these people,” he adds.
“We have to have peace, so go home,” Trump says. “We love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You’ve seen how others are treated, that are so bad and so evil.
“I know how you feel. But, go home, and go home in peace,” Trump concludes.