Celebrities urge Twitter to permanently ban Trump after chilling video about Capitol riots

‘Shut this lying lunatic’s account down now,' Sarah Silverman wrote

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 07 January 2021 09:17 GMT
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Celebrities are calling upon Twitter and Facebook to permanently ban Donald Trump from posting messages.

The social media sites have locked his accounts – Twitter for 12 hours, Facebook for 24 hours – with the former promising to block him for good if he breaks its rules again.

This move came after Trump violated policies for posting a video addressing his supporters who had earlier stormed the Capitol Building in an incident that left four dead.

In the video, Trump asked those involved to go home but called them “very special” and said “we love you”. He also repeated his false claim that he won the election.

Celebrities are urging the social media sites to ban the president immediately.

“The President says ‘we love you’ to a mob that stormed and terrorised the capitol,” wrote Ben Stiller. “It’s ironic that this person has been so enabled by a Congress that meets in the place his rhetoric has manifested into real violence."

Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen said: "Hey Mark Zuckerberg, @jack, @SusanWojcicki and @sundarpichai -- Donald Trump just incited a violent attack on American democracy.  Is that FINALLY enough for you to act?! It's time to ban Donald Trump from your platforms once and for all!”

Sarah Silverman added: “SHUT THIS LYING LUNATIC’S ACCOUNT DOWN NOW.”

Josh Gad, who voices Olaf in Frozen, wrote: “On behalf of America @jack and @twitter you need to pull the chord on him now. He can't have this platform anymore. Don't be complicit in the violence he is instigating. Anyone out there want to co-sign?”

Ava Duvernay repeated what he said in the video (“I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now... We love you. You’re very special”), adding: “Trump to his terrorists.”

Meanwhile, Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator Dan Levy wrote: “Delete the damn account.”

A social media suspension would mean that not only would Trump be unable to share new posts, his old tweets would likely no longer be visible too.

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