@realDonaldTrump: A Requiem

@realDonaldTrump: A Requiem

On Friday evening, Jack Dorsey finally pulled the plug on Donald Trump and, symbolically, on the use of Twitter to promote the kind of rhetoric that's served to undermine western democracies for the last five years. In a notice called "Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump," the company explained what scarcely needed further explanation. "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – specifically how they are being received and interpr
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11 thoughts on “@realDonaldTrump: A Requiem

  1. Twitter ban for Sydney Powell is moot. She was sued earlier today for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems to the tune of $1.2 billlion and is going to be too busy holding down a second and third gig for the next thirty, forty years to have time to tweet.

    1. Unless someone remembers Enron and Arthur Andersen, and, I estimate, that perhaps 1% of the general American population at large do, few had ever heard of the name of Sidney Powell before about three weeks ago. If mirth dust works as it usually does, few will of ever hear of her again after 12 more weeks, except, perhaps, below the fold in the business section of NYT, page B4, three years hence, when the final judgement of libel claims is pronounced.

      Ms. Powell is somewhat an epitome of what might be called the dustbin of history.

  2. What is even more miraculous is that more than a handful have already proclaimed the acts by Twitter et al. as a gesture similar to what the *azis would have done to quell dissenters. Sure. That is where we are. All the while, we know that freedom of speech is not absolute.

    We all knew years ago there would be a point where these, I don’t know, what do we call them, unregulated gossip and attack, virtual newspapers, were going to be regulated, or sued, out of business. The time has come. Would we better off if these platforms did not exist? Sometimes, shareholders have to take a bath; just some Schumpeterian, creative destruction, something the low-tax, low-regulation proponents are in favor of. TWTR and FB. Re the “dark web”…so what…there’d be fewer sites for the NSA (yes, the NSA) to monitor.

    Let’s face it. Trump used the platform as a venue to call for harm against people. Pretty much as a master, having done so for quite some time. Obviously, obviously this is, was, all going toward an eventual politically motivated act to kill a person who holds public office (politely avoiding the “a” word here). Such an act would have been called that of a lone wolf, no doubt.

    Our democracy is at risk. Mr. Trump showed that we, as a mal-educated populace, due, in part, to our own grass-fed laziness in the halcyon period post WWII, are suspectible. What, perhaps 50-50 in the next 10 years that there is a not-incompetent autocrat, right-wing coup attempt in America?

    1. “perhaps 50-50 in the next 10 years that there is a not-incompetent autocrat, right-wing coup attempt in America?”

      I think it’s better than 50-50, and I think we need look no further than Josh Hawley. He scares the crap out of me.
      He’s seen how to dismantle a democracy AND he’s smart (regardless of his irregardless)

  3. Dorsey and Zuckerberg, finally slamming their digital prison doors on Trump, along with most of the CEO’s who recently called for the President’s resignation, are hypocrites who ignored or abetted his dangerous behavior the past five years simply because he was “good for business.”

    With less than two weeks left in Trump’s term, these people suddenly finding moral backbone and ethical cojones to pretend outrage, join most of the GOP in revealing they have been, and remain, hollow.

    Have they no shame? Do they think the country will no pat them on the back, thankfully?

    1. There are many — too many to count — in the business community who abetted Trump. I was appalled to hear Nelson Pelz on CNBC, in what was supposed to be a mea culpa, say he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 but voted FOR him in 2020. I mean, Nelson, were you vacationing in Anatarctica these last four years?

  4. I have never seen a party cower in fear of their own base like the current Republicans. This all started about the time of the seizure of the Malheur Refuge and the Bundy’s. Remember that? Law enforcement was afraid to engage for fear of repercussions. That is terrorism. Conservatives have been playing footsie with White Nationalists, neo-Nazis, Confederate worshippers, anti-Semites and filthy foreign cash for a long time. Long before Trump started to gross people out (who weren’t Trump supporters).

    William F. Buckley kicked the John Birchers out of the GOP. But the White Nationalists, the Confederate worshippers, and the anti-Semites get “love” from Trump. Is no one in the Republican party repulsed? Why has no member of the GOP condemned a movement that runs around with pro-Auschwitz neo-Nazi symbols, Confederate flags and making violent threats?

    Why would you belong to a party that calls these people its base???

  5. Well Jack (Can I call you Jack) you squeezed almost every drop out of all the wretched souls who follows our Liar, Bigot, Thief (and many more) in Chief. You are a CEO with real guts and yo’ Mama must be so proud.

  6. After watching Democrats and Republicans alike come seconds from total implosion in the last three years , I wonder if there is a limit to hypocrisy… Could be a strong third party would help the existing system and players to solidify a coherent message and give the voters a chance for a choice worth making…

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