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After Capitol Riot, Bipartisan Disgust Could Save the Republic
It was, President-elect Joe Biden said solemnly, "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation," a day when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol and occupied the chamber where both defenders and detractors of the president found themselves jointly threatened by a marauding mob.

But if that day was a low point in a tumultuous five years of a campaign and presidency that served to further divide an already partisan Congress, it may also have been just the jolt lawmakers needed to remember why they were sent to Washington in the first place.

... Cracks in the GOP wall were already developing as post-election Trump got more and more punishing and aggressive in his behavior and rhetoric.

Less than 24 hours after the rioters entered the Capitol, Republicans were bailing out on the president who demands personal loyalty from those who want to work for him or do business with him. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned, as did a number of White House staffers. At last one Republican congressman called for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to get Trump out of office even before his term ends Jan. 20.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells GOP colleagues they need to remove Trump because he incited a violent mob to 'possibly kill' them
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on her GOP colleagues to join the effort to remove President Donald Trump from office over the Capitol siege that he incited.
  • "To my GOP colleagues: know that this President incited an insurrection against and incited his mob to find, harm, and possibly kill not just Democrats, but you, too," Ocasio-Cortez said.
  • "Remove him," she went on to say of Trump.

America’s Business Community Shows Its Own Disgust Over Capitol Riot
While politicians across the spectrum fashioned their own responses to the carnage on Capitol Hill caused by supporters of President Donald Trump, American businesses moved quickly to punish employees and issue condemnations – and some called for the president's removal.

Among the earliest to come out against the mayhem that shocked Washington and the world Wednesday was the National Association of Manufacturers.

Jay Timmons, the group's president and a former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, decried the violence and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment as a way to remove Trump from the White House.

In his statement, Timmons said: "This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous."

"This is sedition and should be treated as such," Timmons continued. "The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy."

Leaders at Crowell & Moring, one of America's top law firms, echoed the call while also reaching out to the broader legal community for support.

In a statement, the firm which employs dozens of former government officials, said: "The President has proven himself unfit for office, and a reckless and wanton threat to the Constitution that he pledged to preserve, protect and defend. We call upon the Vice President and the Cabinet officers to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and to declare to the leaders of Congress that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

On Friday, Lawyers for Good Government, an organization of attorneys who work on human rights and equal justice issues, released a letter signed by more than 6,500 lawyers in all 50 states calling for Trump's removal.

The leaders of major Wall Street firms, including JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon on Wednesday called on Trump to forcefully condemn the violence but stopped short of saying he should be removed. The comments came before Trump issued a statement, which also included the false claims that he won and the election was stolen from him.

Individual businesses took matters into their own hands. There were several reports of companies firing employees who had participated in the break-in at the Capitol. As pictures began appearing on social media of the rioting, including those released by the D.C. police, some found themselves without a job Thursday. One person who wore his work identification badge was identified and fired by Navistar Direct Marketing of Frederick, Maryland. The company said it supported free speech for its workers but not conduct that endangers others. The employee was not named.

Publisher Simon & Schuster on Thursday abruptly canceled a book penned by Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who led the attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden as president and who was captured on video Wednesday raising his fist in support of the protesters outside the Capitol.

The moves are notable since corporate America has been a steadfast supporter of the Trump administration and what are perceived as its business-friendly policies, such as reducing regulations, cutting taxes and fighting for fairer foreign trade. But there have also been breaks, such as when many top corporate leaders spoke out in support of the Black Live Matter movement and called for greater equality in the economy.

Trade associations representing workers who have been among the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump's mishandling of the response were quick to call for his removal from office.

National Nurses United and the National Education Association both issued strongly worded condemnations.

"It was the President who inspired and mobilized the insurrection with his repeated delegitimization of a democratic election, virulent demonization of political opponents, and encouragement in a rally yesterday morning for disruption of the Congressional confirmation of President-elect Biden's election," Bonnie Castillo, executive director of the nurses' group, said.

The president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents employees at many major airlines, said the pro-Trump protesters should be prohibited from flying on planes out of Washington after displaying "mob mentality behavior" on flights. "The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person on board," Sara Nelson said in a statement released Wednesday.

The rioter who took photos at Nancy Pelosi's desk and recently said he's a white nationalist prepared for a violent death has been arrested
  • A man who was pictured at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk as pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol building on Wednesday has been arrested.
  • The man, who first identified himself as Richard Barnett from Gravette, Arkansas, in an interview with a New York Times reporter, said on Facebook last week that he was a white nationalist.
  • Barnett had previously raised money for a cause backed by QAnon, and he told local news outlets in Arkansas that he believed the presidential election was stolen from Trump.
  • He was arrested on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property.
Barnett was reportedly arrested in Arkansas, on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property. No further details were immediately available.

... "Now we have a term that fits me and many others and they try to turn it bad. I am white. There is no denying that. I am a nationalist. I put my nation first. So that makes me a white nationalist," he said on Saturday, adding: "F---ing A we are nationalists. You aren't? Then get the f--- out of our nation."

... Barnett, 60, who goes by "Bigo," spoke to New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg outside the Capitol after he visited Pelosi's desk.

He told Rosenberg that he took a personalized envelope that belonged to Pelosi and "left a quarter on her desk."

"I didn't steal it. I bled on it, because they were f---ing macing me and I couldn't f---ing see," Barnett said in a video that Rosenberg posted in Twitter. "And so I figure, well, I'm in her office, I got blood in her office, I'll put a quarter on her desk, even though she ain't f---ing worth it."

Barnett also said he wrote her a "nasty note." Photos showed a note on Pelosi's desk that said "WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN."

How Congress could vote to bar Trump from ever holding federal office again and kill any chances of a 2024 run
  • Outgoing President Donald Trump is under the most serious fire of his political career over accusations he incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6.
  • After the attack, Congressional Democrats are once again weighing impeachment as a way to remove Trump from office before his term ends in a few days, arguing he is too dangerous to be allowed to stay in the White House.
  • An impeachment trial and successful conviction could also pave the way for the Senate to ban Trump from ever holding federal office — and running for president — again.
  • Trump has floated the idea of running again in 2024, but if the Senate invokes this powerful tool, he'll be barred from doing so.
  • However, it's unclear if Congress can impeach a president after he leaves office, and Congress might not have enough time to pull this off before January 20.

A West Virginia lawmaker who was charged after taking part in the mob that stormed the Capitol says he won't resign from office
  • Derrick Evans, a newly elected lawmaker in the West Virginia House of Delegates, says he won't resign after he filmed himself and others storming the US Capitol building on Wednesday.
  • The Justice Department announced on Friday that Evans had been charged with entering a restricted area of the US Capitol during the riot.
  • Evans' lawyer told CBS affiliate WVNS-TV his client "committed no criminal act" as he stormed the Capitol building.
Video Evans posted, which has been deleted from his Facebook but can still be found on Reddit, shows people funneling through the doors of the US Capitol building.

In the video, Evans can be heard saying "Keep it moving baby" to the people in front of him, complaining about being hit with pepper spray, and, upon stepping through the doors of the Capitol and pushing passed the police, cheering: "We're in! We're in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!"

It later shows Evans walking around the building shouting "Freedom!" and warning people not to destroy property.

Hours after the riot, Evans said in a separate video that he went to the Capitol as an "independent member of the media to film history," and said he "did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement."

Evans' colleagues in the West Virginia House of Delegates have criticized his participation in the riot, with the House Speaker, Roger Hanshaw, telling WV Metro News that "participating in a violent intentional disruption of one of our nation's most fundamental political institutions is a crime that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

A public petition calling for Evan's removal has more than 50,000 signatures.

I never want to hear again about Trump voters needing to 'feel heard.' They were heard when they voted. They lost.
  • Various Republicans such as Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz have said it's important to entertain dangerous conspiracy theories about the election in order for Trump supporters to "feel heard."
  • Trump supporters were heard on November 3, when they voted.
  • Just because you didn't get your way doesn't mean you weren't listened to.
  • The GOP's embrace of this pathetic politics-as-therapy, indulging voters' personal "truths" instead of telling them the actual truth, led to the insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday.
  • Mitt Romney is right. The way you show respect for Trump's voters is by telling them the truth: He lost.
No, it's not a damn reality. It's a lie, and it's a lie that people believe because politicians like Cruz have for months made irresponsible statements and pushed conspiracy theories. Just because a group of people bought those lies, does not make them into a reality.

The right's embrace of relativism and politics-as-therapy is pathetic. What happened to "facts don't care about your feelings"?

As Sen. Mitt Romney later noted — following an hours-long pause due to the president's diehard fans sacking the Capitol in a riot that led to five deaths — a quickie congressional commission to investigate "fraud" like the one proposed by Cruz was never going to make election conspiracists feel "heard" anyway. The real way to show them respect, Romney said, would be to tell them the truth: Trump lost. (Or, as Sen. Pat Toomey put it more succinctly: "A commission? Really?")

Over on the House side, Republicans grew angry when Rep. Conor Lamb pointed out that they had engaged in a dishonest stunt that had led to a woman getting shot dead in the Capitol building. The Republican members purported to be offended, and Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, nearly came to blows with Texas Democrat (and former NFL linebacker) Colin Allred.

But Lamb was right. The Republicans who indulged election conspiracies have blood on their hands, and if they want to atone they should start by telling their constituents the truth, instead of treating their lies as "a reality."

Dominion Voting Systems files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against pro-Trump election attorney Sidney Powell
  • Dominion Voting Systems has filed a defamation suit against the pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, seeking $1.3 billion in damages.
  • Powell, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump's campaign, has pushed a debunked conspiracy theory that the election-technology company falsified results in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Dominion's new lawsuit outlines numerous falsehoods in Powell's election lawsuits and public statements about the election and Dominion's involvement.
  • The voting technology company alleged that her conspiracy theories were all the more damaging because they were amplified by Trump and right-wing media outlets.
Read the 124-page lawsuit here. The 1,967-page version with exhibits can be read here.

Trump’s Allies in Congress Go From Potential Leaders to Political Liabilities
Just days ago, Sen. Josh Hawley was riding high, a brash, young, Ivy League-educated former Supreme Court clerk and conservative firebrand who was already being discussed as a future presidential contender just two years after being elected Missouri's junior senator.

By Friday morning, Hawley's standing had deflated like abandoned balloons at an election night party for a losing campaign. His book deal was canceled. A major donor called for Hawley's censure by the Senate, saying Hawley's rhetoric and actions had incited the rioting and occupation of the Capitol. A stalwart of Missouri Republican politics, former Sen. John Danforth, called his previous support for Hawley "the worst mistake" of his life, and two Missouri newspaper editorial boards called for Hawley to resign.

Even Hawley's Senate colleagues weren't standing by him, with Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, going on national radio to call Hawley's tactics "really dumbass."

Hawley was the architect of the failed effort to object to Electoral College votes President-Elect Joe Biden earned, and a photo of him delivering an encouraging, raised-fist salute to rioters who mounted Wednesday's insurrection attempt went viral.

Suddenly, the 41-year-old politically ambitious freshman went from being a potential leader of his party to being a public liability.

Twitter suspends Trump allies and QAnon boosters Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, and vows to permanently remove QAnon accounts (TWTR)
  • Twitter has suspended the accounts of Trump allies Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, as well as Ron Watkins, the operator of far-right social media site 8kun, NBC News first reported and Business Insider confirmed Friday.
  • In addition to banning the accounts, which have played a major role in boosting the QAnon conspiracy theory, Twitter also said it would permanently remove any accounts "solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content."
  • Twitter said the accounts violated its policy against "coordinated harmful activity" and that it was taking action "given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days."
  • Social media sites have faced backlash in the wake of Wednesday's attempted insurrection by Trump loyalists for not doing enough to crack down on violence-prone far-right extremists who have used social media to spread their message and organize.
Twitter also banned the account of Ron Watkins, a key QAnon figure — often amplified by Trump — who formerly ran the far-right social media site 8kun, formerly known as 8chan .

The three Trump allies had played significant roles in spreading the QAnon conspiracy theory, and had frequently encouraged violence.

... Flynn has repeatedly issued public calls, including on Twitter, for Trump to impose martial law to overturn the US presidential election results.

Powell is currently facing legal action for spreading misinformation about Dominion Voting Systems and the evidence-less legal challenges she has brought on behalf of Trump, including one in which she cited Watkins.

Twitter suspended President Donald Trump's account permanently (TWTR)
  • Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump from accessing his account.
  • Facebook moved to block Trump "indefinitely" on Thursday following a violent siege of the US Capitol.
  • "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," the company said in a tweet.
  • Plans to storm the Capitol had been circulating on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Parler in the weeks leading up to the attack.
Twitter faced mounting pressure to ban Trump's account following the riots. Investor Chris Sacca tweeted that CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have "blood on your hands" for allowing content to remain on their platforms in the name of free speech. Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao tweeted: "just ban him already."

Plans to storm the Capitol had been circulating on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Parler in the weeks leading up to the attack, with far-right extremists and QAnon conspiracy theorists posting about the date, January 6, on Twitter. According to BuzzFeed News, experts uncovered approximately 20,800 accounts mentioning the date.

Could Trump mass-pardon his supporters who rioted at the Capitol? He has the power, and there is historical precedent.
  • President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed his love of his pardon power, and the willingness to use it on himself and close allies.
  • The attack by a mob of his supporters on the Capitol this week raises the question of whether Trump could pardon them.
  • He has the power to broadly pardon the rioters for federal crimes, even before they are charged, experts told Insider. But they would not be shielded from state charges.
  • Presidents Andrew Johnson and Jimmy Carter have issued sweeping pardons to large groups of people in order to move the country past divisive conflicts.
... "The president has a blanket pardon power for federal crimes," Princeton University professor Keith Whittington told Insider. "The pardon power is completely unilateral and cannot be checked or blocked by any other branch of government".

Trump can even "issue pardons for unnamed groups of individuals if he does so with enough specificity," Whittington said.

Federal law enforcement officials could potentially charge the pro-Trump Capitol attackers with numerous crimes — and they've already begun to do so. A handful of suspects have already appeared in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for federal violations.

Separately, several dozen people appeared in the DC Superior Court on Thursday for breaking the district's laws.

Some crimes are fairly obvious: destruction of federal property, theft from a government building, trespassing in restricted areas.

Others that prosecutors may explore are comparatively arcane or archaic, including insurrection, rebellion, seditious conspiracy.

... But Trump doesn't have to wait for law enforcement to round up every single one of the thousands of people who besieged Capitol Hill.

"[Trump] could act right away – he does not need to wait for any formal legal process to be started against them," Jeffrey Couch, an expert on presidential pardons at American University, told Insider. "The pardon, if worded clearly enough, would likely survive a court challenge."

... "The power extends only to pardoning federal crimes, not state ones," said Caroline Mala Corbin, a professor at the Miami University School of Law.

In other words, if officials in rioters' home states choose to bring local charges, Trump couldn't shield them. And he can't stop municipal officials in DC from pursuing people who attacked the Capitol.

... Trump likewise faces internal dissonance: The self-anointed "law and order" president who will "always back the blue" now could possibly pardon people potentially responsible for the death of a US Capitol Police officer, lots of damage, and other potential crimes.

McDonald's CEO calls insurrection at the US Capitol an attack on things people 'associate with America,' including McDonald's
  • McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski condemned insurrection by pro-Trump supporters in an internal memo viewed by Business Insider.
  • "As a quintessentially 'American brand,' McDonald's has always benefitted from the respect and admiration that consumers hold for the ideals of this nation," Kempczinski wrote.
  • "It was an attack on all those things that people cherish and associate with America," Kempczinski added. "That includes McDonald's."
Kempczinski condemned the insurrection this week as "unimaginable attacks on democratic norms and institutions in Washington D.C." in a letter sent to the McDonald's system viewed by Business Insider on Friday.

The McDonald's CEO said that while Americans were proud to see Congress "complete their Constitutional duty and enable the peaceful transition of power," the events of the past week could not be forgotten.

"As a quintessentially 'American brand,' McDonald's has always benefitted from the respect and admiration that consumers hold for the ideals of this nation," Kempczinski wrote. "So much of this rests within this country's strong system of governance, freely elected leadership, and our rule of law."

"Thus, the attack that we witnessed this week wasn't just an attack on our Capitol building," Kempczinski continued. "It was an attack on all those things that people cherish and associate with America. That includes McDonald's."

... "While the events this past week at the U.S. Capitol are painful on many levels, I am confident that our nation can rediscover its sense of shared purpose and community," Kempczinski wrote. "They need look no further than their local McDonald's, where we demonstrate what's possible in our communities each and every day."

A majority of Americans blame Trump for this week's insurrection at the US Capitol, according to PBS poll
  • Roughly 9 in 10 Americans oppose the actions taken by Trump supporters at the US Capitol this week, according to PBS NewsHour-Marist poll released Friday.
  • A majority of Americans — 63% — blame President Donald Trump for what happened.
  • But the public is split on removing him from office, with 48% in favor and 49% opposed.
  • The survey has a 4.8% margin of error.
Just 8% of Americans supported the pro-Trump insurrection, according to the PBS NewsHour-Marist poll of some 875 US adults.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed — 63% — say President Trump is responsible for what happened on Wednesday, when five people died, including a US Capitol police officer, and lawmakers were forced to flee for safety, delaying the recognition of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in what many have termed an attempted coup d'etat.

Trump tried tweeting from the official POTUS account despite Twitter's ban, but the tweets were immediately removed (TWTR)
  • President Donald Trump tweeted from the official @POTUS Twitter account Friday evening shortly after the social media company permanently banned his personal account, @realDonaldTrump.
  • But Twitter almost immediately deleted the tweets, in which Trump railed against Twitter, Democrats, and Section 230, and said he was considering building his own social media platform.
  • A message from Trump was later attempted from his campaign's Twitter account @TeamTrump but the tweet was deleted and the account suspended.
Just hours after Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump's personal account on Friday, the president began tweeting from the official account, @POTUS.

Almost immediately, Twitter removed the series of tweets, in which Trump railed against the tech company, Democrats, what he referred to as the "radical left," and Section 230, a law that gives internet companies the right to police their platforms as they see fit.

In post about why it banned Trump, Twitter warned that it has seen discussion of 'secondary attack' on the US Capitol on January 17
  • In a blog post, Twitter said its decision to suspend President Donald Trump's account was due to the fact he was "likely to inspire" more violence like that seen at the US Capitol.
  • His tweets, the company said, "are being received and understood as encouragement to do so."
  • While the president's claimed his right to "free speech" was being violated, free speech advocates defended the right of private company's to air the content of their choosing.
  • "Today's news, while a day late and a dollar short, is welcome. I urge other social-media companies to follow suit immediately," Jessica J. GonzΓ‘lez, co-CEO of the group Free Press, said in a statement.
In a blog post explaining its decision, the social media company said the president's tweets following the Capitol Hill insurrection appeared to lend support to extremists and violate its policy against the glorification of violence.

In particular, Twitter said it was concerned with how the president's posts on Friday were being interpreted by the far-right as coded approval for their actions, and thus "likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021."

Trump's use of the term "American Patriots" to describe his supporters, and his stated refusal to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, were both interpreted as a not-so-subtle insistence, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that the 2020 election was stolen, the company said.

Twitter also specifically wrote: "Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021."

According to NBC News, there has been discussion on social media about coming back to Washington, DC, on January 17 and January 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, immediately cried foul, claiming, on Twitter, that the removal of his father marked the death of free speech.

But private media platforms are not governed by the First Amendment, nor is compelling private companies to air the thoughts of a politician consistent with most notions of free speech.

Jessica J. GonzΓ‘lez, co-CEO of the advocacy group Free Press, said Trump's suspension was long overdue.

"From the launch of his presidential campaign when he defamed Mexicans as rapists, criminals and drug dealers, to the desperate last gasps of his presidency as he has egged on white supremacists to commit violence and insurrection, Trump had used his Twitter account to incite violence, lie about the election outcome, encourage racists and spread conspiracy theories," she said in a statement. "He did not deserve a platform on Twitter, or on any other social or traditional media."

'It's not a f---ing game': Democratic lawmaker gives the sternest of rebukes against Ted Cruz after deadly Capitol Hill siege
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia, in what is most likely the harshest public words yet by a Democrat, rebuked Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
  • Boyle told Cruz to "end this s---" of playing politics after the deadly riots on Capitol Hill.
  • "What the f--- is it going to take for you to end this s---," Boyle tweeted. "How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices?"
"You know better. I know you know better," Boyle tweeted. "It's not a f------ game. Five people were killed."

"What the f--- is it going to take for you to end this s---," Boyle added. "How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices?"

Twitter and Facebook both banned Trump from their platforms. Here's why that doesn't violate the First Amendment — or any other laws
  • Twitter suspended President Donald Trump's personal account permanently on Friday, a day after Facebook banned him indefinitely, in the wake of pro-Trump rioters storming the US Capitol.
  • Trump quickly tried to use the official presidential Twitter account to accuse the company of violating the First Amendment, before Twitter blocked those tweets as well.
  • But "the First Amendment is a constraint on the power of government," Daphne Keller, an internet law expert at Stanford University, told Business Insider. "It doesn't apply to Twitter."
  • Here's why Twitter and Facebook are on solid legal ground when it comes to banning Trump, his allies, or any other users.
After months of escalating tensions between President Donald Trump and social media companies, Twitter and Facebook finally decided this week that the president had crossed a line too far.

Twitter and Facebook, both of which have policies against inciting violence, undermining democratic processes, and spreading election misinformation, decided that — given the impact that the president's comments were having and continue to have — they would no longer let him use their platforms.

Google and Apple are banning Parler from their app stores for allowing violent content in the wake of attempted insurrection that left 5 dead
  • Google banned the far-right social media app parler from its Play Store on Friday, citing "continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US."
  • Apple issued a similar notice to Parler, but gave the app 24 hours to address the issue, BuzzFeed News reported earlier Friday.
  • "We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6" Apple told Parler executives in an email, according to BuzzFeed News.
  • Parler has become a haven for far-right activity and misinformation due to its lax stance on moderating content, and was apparently used by rioters on Wednesday to organize as they stormed the US Capitol.
... "We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property," Apple told Parler, according to BuzzFeed News, adding: "The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities."

"We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we WONT cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!" Parler CEO John Matze said in a post on the social media site, according to BuzzFeed News.

... "Content of this dangerous and harmful nature is not appropriate for the App Store. As you know from prior conversations with App Review, Apple requires apps with user generated content to effectively moderate to ensure objectionable, potentially harmful content is filtered out," Apple told Parler, according to BuzzFeed News, adding: "Content that threatens the well being of others or is intended to incite violence or other lawless acts has never been acceptable on the App Store."

Shopify removed accounts associated with President Trump, including his official campaign store
  • Shopify removed stores affiliated with President Donald Trump, including and, following a siege at the US Capitol building.
  • Rioters wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and waving Trump 2020 flags sieged the Capitol building to stop Congress from confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.
  • "Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy," a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement to Insider.
  • Shopify follows other tech companies, like Twitter and Facebook, in suspending Trump's online accounts.
Photos of rioters showed them wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and waving Trump 2020 flags.

"Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence," a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. "Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump."

Snapchat locked Trump's account after a mob sieged the Capitol building in Washington
  • Snapchat locked president Donald Trump's account on Wednesday, during the violent insurrection at the US Capitol.
  • A pro-Trump mob broke into and occupied the Capitol building. Four people died as a result of the violence.
  • Snapchat had stopped promoting Trump's account in the app's Discover section starting in June 2020 due to his comments during anti-police brutality protests.
"We are not currently promoting the president's content on Snapchat's discover platform," a Snap spokesperson told Business Insider in June. "We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America."

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.