Donald Trump has made it clear he won’t go quietly into that dark night of obscurity at Mar-a-Lago, no, he plans to rage, rage against the dying of the tweet. In his remaining nine days in office (he said he would leave the White House on the 19th) Trump plans to mount a mighty assault against Twitter in particular and Big Tech in general. The resources of the White House — whoever is left, besides the cleaning ladies — are being gathered and Trump’s staunchest allies are blasting Twitter and stomping off the site. We’re sure Jack Dorsey is losing a lot of sleep over this. Washington Post:
For now, the White House is considering an early push as soon as Monday against Twitter and other tech giants, blasting it for having silenced the president’s ability to reach supporters while calling for fresh regulation against Silicon Valley, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Trump, who is apoplectic about being banned, plans to spend the final days of his term in office railing against the industry, the person said.
I love the adjective “apoplectic” meaning “denoting apoplexy (stroke)” to describe Trump’s state of mind. They used to say in journalism school that there was only one perfect word to describe something and I think Trump being ready to have a stroke after being banned on Twitter is unquestionably the right way to say it.
And look who’s back on the Trump train after saying “count me out” just a few days ago.
I’m more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech (Twitter) that let them be immune from lawsuits.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 9, 2021
Let Lindsey and the rest of Trump’s goon squad do their damnedest. It’s not going to hurt Twitter. If anything, if Section 230 protections would be gone, it will result in Twitter banning more accounts than ever in order to reduce its potential liability and that will reduce the efficacy of the QAnon crazies and hamstring their machinations. This is just hollow posturing because the base responds to buzz words and slogans and so “strip Section 230” sounds big and tough. It’s a bluff.
It’s good that Twitter has taken this action now and a shame it didn’t take it sooner, because Twitter has been used as a digital war room for the crazies to plot violence against democracy, plain and simple. The Hill:
For five days leading up to the riot, when a mob forced its way into the Capitol, there were 1,480 posts on Twitter from QAnon-related accounts about the Jan. 6 date that contained “terms of violence,” according to the Advance Democracy report.
One account related to the QAnon conspiracy theory late Tuesday night tweeted, “WE are all done being the bigger person, no more MR. NICE PATRIOT! it’s Time for Patriots to Rise up, Kick The Tires and Light the Fires, and Kick Ass and Take Names!!,” according to the report.
Advance Democracy also identified four TikTok videos with between 1,900 views and 279,000 views that called for violence or rebellion during pro-Trump demonstrations scheduled for Jan. 6.
It gets whackier still. The conspiracy community was allowed to grow too large and now everything is a conspiracy.
Trump supporters posting on TheDonald.win, for example, are even questioning the validity of Trump’s own video released Thursday ensuring a smooth transition to the Biden administration, despite it being released by the president’s verified account.
Numerous posts on the pro-Trump forum baselessly claimed that the video was a “deep fake.” A White House spokesperson was not immediately available for comment in response to such allegations.
Trump has nurtured unreality for so long and it has gotten out of control. He did it for attention. He is unquestionably losing his mind right now without the ability to immediately affect the ethernet using his medium of choice. Massive attention was never more than a keystroke away when Trump had Twitter.
More than any other social service, the loss of Twitter seemed to strike a personal note: Trump had been obsessed with the platform, and he loved to post a tweet and time how long it would take to command attention on television. He often would pull out his phone and say, “Watch this, bing bing bing,” recalled senior administration officials. And Trump regularly would tell senators, world leaders and others about his most popular posts, scrolling through his mentions for feedback and ideas.
Twitter was his toy, his bestest most favorite toy. Unfortunately, it’s a toy he didn’t own and doesn’t have the right to control. Twitter is like a big hotel, you can get a room and stay there as long as you don’t break the rules. Donald broke all of them, repeatedly and he couldn’t take a hint and they so they threw him out. And if he’s ready to have a stroke over it, it’s because he simply cannot grasp the fact that he can’t be someplace where he wants to be, because somebody else — namely the owner — says he can’t.
Well, at least we know what to expect for the next week and what the resources of government will be wasted on, while the pandemic rages and the economy languishes. Melania said about Donald, “when you hit him, he hits back ten times as hard.” Let him give it his best shot. He can’t do anything to Twitter. Even if he had passed the Section 230 legislation, he would have only been banned sooner.
He’s got nowhere to go and nobody to play with now. And he did it to himself. He couldn’t restrain his own impulses so now they’re being restrained by others, for the good of the larger community. That’s how life works and Donald Trump has lived 74 years and is just now finding that out.