For the vast majority of his presidency, Twitter allowed Trump to remain on the platform due to the newsworthiness of his posts, but he was banned Friday after his followers' deadly attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday. Donald Trump., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, on Saturday took to Twitter to rebuke his father's permanent ban from the platform.
His comments Saturday echo those he made Friday, in which he said freedom of speech “no longer exists in America. The ban followed Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the US Capitol where supporters of the president stormed the building while lawmakers were meeting to discuss the certification of the Electoral College vote.
Twitter had initially suspended the president's account for 12 hours but warned it could take further action should he continue to violate its policies on civic integrity and making violent threats. Democrats have also taken issue with the law, as Insider previously reported, as they believe it affords tech giants like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, too great of protections from the content hosted on their platforms.
In the wake of this week's insurrection at the Capitol, a growing number of conservatives have announced they're jumping ship to Parker, the platform that has been called a right-wing alternative to Twitter, either protesting the president's ban or fearing they'll to be barred from the social network. Gab, a platform with similar right-wing ties, has also attempted to court users angered by Twitter's decision to remove the president.
''This is wrong and not who we are,'' the president’s oldest son posted on Twitter. ''Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side.
Trump Jr.’s message came after protesters stormed and infiltrated the Capitol, forcing a building lockdown. Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress reportedly were evacuated.
Capitol security personnel reportedly engaged in an armed standoff with protesters inside the building. The storming of the Capitol occurred after the House and Senate had retreated to their respective chambers to discuss the objection to Arizona’s electoral vote tally.
A joint session of Congress met at 1 p.m. to certify the Electoral College voting results. President Trump and allies have alleged that voter fraud resulted in Joe Biden winning the presidential election in November.
President Trump also took to Twitter, asking people to remain ''peaceful.'' Earlier in the day, President Trump and his son spoke at a rally of supporters in Washington, D.C.
''This is wrong and not who we are,'' the president's oldest son posted on Twitter. ''Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don't start acting like the other side.
Vice President Mike Pence will attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a senior administration official said on. A group of House Republicans who voted to accept President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory asked him to peers.
CNBC has requested comment on the video from the Trump Organization, which Donald Jr. Says on the video, which appears to have been streamed online from his phone in a tented area during the rally, outside the White House.
In the background, President Trump is seen on the video waiting to go out onstage. Later, during a speech of more than an hour, the president made false claims about alleged ballot fraud swindling him out of an electoral victory over Biden.
Trump also had urged the crowd to help him “fight” Biden's confirmation as the winner, and to march to Congress after the rally. When the crowd did so, thousands of people swarmed around the Capitol complex, and shoved past Capitol police to swarm through the halls of Congress, occupying the Senate chamber and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, among others lawmakers' offices.
One of the invaders, a woman, was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer. Another Capitol police officer died Thursday after being hit by a rioter with a fire extinguisher.
Three other people died during the melee, which has led to calls for Trump to be removed from office, less than two weeks before his term ends. Devon blamed Trump's rhetoric for contributing to the violence.
Speaks during a rally of supporters of US President Donald Trump on The Ellipse outside the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. “To those Republicans, many of which may be voting on things in the coming hours: You have an opportunity today,” he warned.
'S video pans around the backstage area, where a woman who appeared to be White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany smiled as she took a photo of television monitors showing the crowd outside. Said at one point to Guilfoyle on the video, where she can be seen dancing and shimmying to the music.
“I think we're at T-minus a couple of seconds here, guys, so tune in and check it out,” Donald Jr. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows then appears behind him, broadly grinning and giving a thumbs-up to the camera.
Says, a nod to the fact that his father had lost support from many congressional Republicans, and his own vice president, Pence, in his legally doomed effort to block Biden from taking office. Then pans the camera to capture his sister Ivanka Trump, who is a senior White House advisor, who smiles and waves at him.
Guilfoyle then said, referring to Lara, “future senator,” a reference to Lara exploring whether to run for the Senate from her home state of North Carolina. Shows his family and friends laughing and joking in the backstage area before President Donald Trump spoke at a rally Wednesday.
Not long afterward, a mob of the president's supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead. 'S girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle saying she hopes Vice President Mike Pence has “the courage or the brains to do the right thing” and block the confirmation of Joe Biden as president by Congress.
Son of Donald Trump and American businessman Serves as a trustee and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, running the company alongside his younger brother Eric.
During their father's presidency, the brothers continued to do deals and investments in foreign countries, as well as collect payments in their U.S. properties from foreign governments, despite a pledge that they would not do so. Also served as a boardroom judge on his father's TV show The Apprentice.
Was born on December 31, 1977, in Manhattan, New York City, to Ivana and Donald Trump. He has two younger siblings, Ivanka and Eric.
He also has two half siblings, Tiffany, from his father's marriage to Marla Maples, and Barron, from his father's current marriage to Melania Trump. Found a role model in his maternal grandfather, Miles Venice, who had a home near Prague, where he spent summers camping, fishing, hunting and learning the Czech language.
Trump was estranged from his father for one year after the divorce, furious at his actions which broke up the family. After graduating from Penn in 2000, Trump moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he hunted, fished, skied, lived in a truck, and worked as a bartender for a year, before returning to join the Trump Organization in New York.
Trump has supervised building projects, which included 40 Wall Street, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Trump Park Avenue, In 2006 he helped launch Trump Mortgage, which collapsed less than a year later. In 2010 he became a spokesperson for Cambridge Who's Who, a public relations firm that had received hundreds of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.
He appeared as a guest adviser and judge on many episodes of his father's reality television show The Apprentice, from season 5 in 2006 to his father's last season in 2015. On January 11, 2017, Trump's father announced that he and his brother Eric would oversee a trust that included the Trump Organization's assets while his father was president, to avert a conflict of interest.
Said, “When you're the father and your son's entire career is dependent on that, they own you.” Was widely ridiculed for these remarks by Trevor Noah and others.
Is a high-level executive in his father's business and has continued to operate and promote the family's businesses across the world during Trump's presidency. The Associated Press wrote of Trump Jr.
'S, remarks that he was “showing no self-awareness that he, too, has at least in part been successful because of a famous father”. According to The Washington Post fact-checker, Trump Jr.
In February 2018, advertisements in Indian newspapers promoted a deal whereby anyone who purchased Trump Organization apartments in Gurgaon before February 20 would be invited to have a “conversation and dinner” with Trump Jr. The ads were criticized by corruption watchdogs as unethical.
Campaigning for his father in Iowa, November 2016 Trump Jr. Influenced his father's choice of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zine during the presidential transition.
Since his father's victory in the 2016 election, Trump Jr. Has developed what The Washington Post calls a “public persona as a right-wing provocateur and ardent defender of Trump ism”.
Veselnitskaya meeting On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr. Attended a meeting arranged by publicist Rob Gold stone on behalf of Azerbaijani-Russian businessman Min Avalara.
Tweeted his email exchange with Gold stone. Had agreed to attend the meeting with the understanding he would receive information damaging to Hillary Clinton, which he considered opposition research.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel of the Department of Justice in charge of Russia-related investigations, investigated the emails and the meeting. Although the White House lauded Trump Jr.
For his transparency, he released the e-mails only after The New York Times had informed him that they had them and were going to publish a story about them. In June 2019, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee made a criminal referral of Trump Jr.
To federal prosecutors on suspicions that he misled the committee with his testimony. Meeting with Gulf states emissary Trump Jr.
Had a meeting in August 2016 with an emissary for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign. The meeting included Joel Camel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation; George Nader, an envoy representing the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; and American businessman Erik Prince.
Correspondence with WikiLeaks The correspondence showed that WikiLeaks actively solicited the cooperation of Trump Jr., who was a campaign surrogate and advisor in the campaign of his father. WikiLeaks urged the Trump campaign to reject the results of the 2016 presidential election at a time when it appeared the Trump campaign would lose.
To share an unsubstantiated claim that Hillary Clinton had wanted to attack Passage with drones. WikiLeaks also shared a link to a website that would help people search through Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's hacked e-mails, which Wikileaks had recently made public.
Asked to have his Secret Service detail removed, telling friends he wanted more privacy. The request was criticized by former Secret Service agents.
In October 2020, it was reported that Pennsylvania Republicans were suggesting Trump Jr. Run for the vacant Senate seat in Pennsylvania in 2022 after two-term incumbent Pat Thomas announced he would not be seeking re-election.
Held a crowded indoor rally where attendees did not wear masks, contradicting public health guidelines. In an October 29 interview with Fox News's Laura Ingraham, Trump Jr.
The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. on the day he said that was 1,063. Has been subject to speculation for a 2024 run for president.
Caused controversy in 2016 when he posted an image that compared refugees to Skittles, saying “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. The Cato Institute reported that year that the chances “an American would be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee was one in 3.64 billion” per year.
On March 1, 2016, an interview with white supremacist James Edwards and Trump Jr. The campaign initially denied the interview had taken place; later Trump Jr.
As a consequence of the interview, mainstream media outlets have accused Trump Jr. Of being either a believer in the white genocide conspiracy theory, or pretending to be an advocate for political gain.
Cited Holocaust imagery to criticize what he perceived as the mainstream media's uncritical coverage of Hillary Clinton during her campaign, by “letting her slide on every discrepancy”, while also accusing Democrats involved in the 2016 campaign of lying. Said if the Republicans were committing the same offenses mainstream outlets would be “warming up the gas chamber right now”.
Shared an image on Instagram depicting a cross between his father and Pepe the Frog. When asked on Good Morning America about Pepe the Frog and its associations with white supremacy, Trump Jr.
Retweeted conspiratorial remarks by white supremacist Kevin B. MacDonald about alleged. Promoted Alex Jones conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton wore an earpiece to a presidential forum and that official unemployment rates were manipulated for political purposes.
Criticized the mayor of London, Sadie Khan, after the 2017 Westminster attack, which in turn led British lawmakers to criticize Trump Jr. Had quoted Khan out of context when he criticized him.
Khan did not respond to the criticism, saying he had “far more important things” to do. Promoted what CNN called the “long-debunked, far-right conspiracy theory” that Bill Clinton was linked to Vince Foster's death.
Again promoted the conspiracy theory that the Clinton's had murdered people. Retweeted a false and antisemitic conspiracy theory that George Soros, the Jewish Hungarian-American businessman and philanthropist, was a “Nazi who turned in his fellow Jews to be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth”.
Shared on Instagram of a doctored image which had been crudely edited to falsely state that CNN had reported President Trump's approval rating as 50%. The actual CNN report had Trump at 40%, below Barack Obama's 45% at the same point of his presidency.
Deleted the image two days later. In September 2018, when Hurricane Florence was affecting the United States, Trump Jr.
Tweeted a picture of CNN journalist Anderson Cooper waist-deep in floodwaters when another man in the same picture was standing knee-deep a distance away. Then proposed a conspiracy theory that CNN was “lying to try to make look bad”.
In actuality, the picture of Cooper was about ten years old, taken during 2008's Hurricane Ike before Trump became president, and Cooper was videoed talking about how the floodwaters were receding. In August 2020, he shared a Breitbart News article about more than 800 dead people voting in Michigan which was framed to suggest that the ballots were not legitimately cast and thus evidence of extensive voter fraud.
However, the voters in question died after submitting the ballots, and the ballots were rejected by Michigan authorities who knew the voters had died before the election date. In September 2020, he again pushed false claims about voter fraud by asserting, “The radical left are laying the groundwork to steal this election from my father,” adding, “Their plan is to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election,” asking “able-bodied” people to join an election security “army” for his father.
Was given a 12-hour restriction by Twitter in July 2020 after he promoted misinformation about COVID-19 by retweeting a video showing Houston doctor Stella Immanuel promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure despite conflicting studies, and claiming that masks are unnecessary. Twitter later said that it restricted the ability to tweet or retweet for twelve hours for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Tweeted that he would take away half his three-year-old daughter's Halloween candy because, he wrote, “it's never too early to teach her about socialism.” Tweeted the name of the alleged whistleblower who brought to light the Trump -Ukraine scandal.
Whistleblower conventions are intended to protect the identity of individuals who expose wrongdoing in government. Agency France-Presse attempted to independently verify the identity that Trump Jr.
In June 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump Jr. Accused liberals of hypocrisy, for imposing restrictive measures and social distancing guidelines on businesses while holding the “Action for Black Trans Lives” protest for the rights of African-American transgender people.
Was shown in a promotion for Desert Tech (a gun company run by a polygamous group) on July 24, 2021, with the company's founder, Nicholas Young, and firing the company's sniper rifles. A marketing video on YouTube also includes an image of Trump Jr.
Released the book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. The book is critical of political correctness, and argues that the American left has a victimhood complex.
The Washington Post commented: “yet, in his telling, the real victim is often him, his father or another Trump family member.” Pushes conspiracy theories about how the intelligence community has attempted to harm President Trump, comparing President Trump's experiences with the FBI harassment campaign against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Wrote of a visit to Arlington National Cemetery (a military cemetery), commenting that he got emotional looking at the graves and that it reminded him of “all the sacrifices” the Trump family had made, including “voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were 'profiting off of the office'”. Fact-checkers have reported that Trump still owns the family business, and that the Trump family have continued to engage in international business deals since Trump became president.
The book was a New York Times best-seller. The book was purchased in bulk by at least nine Republican organizations, candidates or advocacy groups, including N.R.C.C.
And the RNC which bought $75,000 and $100,000 worth of the books, respectively. Turning Point USA and the National Republican Senatorial Committee purchased approximately 2,000 and 2,500 books, respectively.
Self-published the book Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats' Defense of the Indefensible. Reportedly hired three researchers to collect information about Joe Biden and spent three months writing the book.
It was the most money the RNC had ever paid for this purpose. The hardcover retails for $29.99, which suggests roughly how many copies might have been purchased, and the RNC's intent was to give a copy to people who donated $50–$100.
On March 15, 2018, it was announced that the couple had separated, and she had filed for uncontested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court. The complaint was secret except for the title of the case.
On February 22, 2019, they announced that they settled their divorce at the end of 2018. Controversy erupted in 2012 when the pictures he had taken of his hunting trophies in 2010 were published, including by Mia Farrow, who reposted them in 2015.
Responded by saying “I'm not going to run and hide because the PETA crazies don't like me.” Has his arms around a dead leopard; in another, he is holding a knife in one hand and a bloody elephant tail in the other.
Although the hunt was legal, anti-hunting activists criticized him. At least one sponsor dropped his father's TV show The Celebrity Apprentice.
On Earth Day in 2017, Trump Jr. Legally hunted prairie dogs in Montana with GOP Congressional candidate Greg Pianoforte.
'S big game hunting exploits surfaced again in November 2017, following the Trump administration's decision to allow “importing elephant heads, feet and other body parts severed as trophies after the animals are shot for sport in Zimbabwe.” Within hours, President Trump reversed the decision to allow elephant trophies imported from Zambia and Zimbabwe, pending further review.
By March 2018 President Trump quietly lifted the ban again, allowing elephant trophies to be imported. After testing positive, Trump Jr.
Trump Kids Eric and Ivanka Miss Deadline to Vote in NY GOP Primary”. Donald Trump Jr., 38, as well as Donald and Melania Trump, are registered Republicans, the records show.
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Berlin, Germany: Springer International Publishing. ^ a b Trump Told Crowd 'You Will Never Take Back Our Country With Weakness “.
It was far from the first time President Donald Trump's eldest son dabbled in online conspiracy theories, using his 2.7 million Twitter followers to promote questionable or outright false information that, in many cases, even his father had refrained from spreading. Trump, on cusp of defeat to Biden, says 'they're trying to steal an election' after son calls for 'total war “.
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And Eric Trump Really Run the Family Business?” President's Son in Russian Attorney Controversy Had Avoided Politics, Tended to Business”.
“World's Least Self-Aware Person, Donald Trump Jr., Attacks Biden's for Nepotism”. Is unironically attacking Hunter Biden for profiting off his father's name”.
Prospective investors in a Trump Tower project near Delhi are being offered a conversation and dinner with Donald Trump Eras part of a marketing campaign that has drawn criticism from corruption watchdogs. ^ Trump India 'dinner and chat' property offer criticized”.
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And Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election”. Met Gulf princes' emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help”.
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^ Klein, Betsy; Tatum, Sophie; Lander's, Elizabeth (September 25, 2017). “ 'S Secret Service detail restored, sources say”.
^ Armani, Lauren; Touch, Amanda; Lutz, Tom; Holmes, Oliver (October 4, 2021). “GOP senator Pat Thomas of Pennsylvania announced his retirement today, setting the stage for what will be a contentious fight for his open Senate seat in 2022”.
Holds Packed Indoor Rally Amid White House's COVID-19 Outbreak”. Claims US coronavirus death rate at 'almost nothing “.
The virus killed more than 1,000 Americans the same day”. ' This will make lib heads explode': Donald Trump Jr posts 2024 picture”.
Trump Sons Hint At 2024 Runs As President's Polling Looks Dire”. ^ Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugees to Skittles”.
Defends Skittles tweet: 'I don't deal in microaggression “. Stumbles out of father's shadow and into the spotlight with white nationalist interview”.
“Some of Trump's top supporters are praising a conspiracy theorist who fueled 'Pizzagate' for his reporting”. Praises writer who pushed 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory”.
Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Pictured at 'We Build the Wall' Event With Neo-Nazi Collaborator Jack Boobies”.
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Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadie Khan”. Shares tweet linking Clinton's firing of FBI director to death of Vince Foster”.
'Disgusting' for liking shooting conspiracy tweet”. The president's son liked the online conspiracy theory that was posted by several people on Twitter about teenage survivor David Hog, who has also been forced to defend himself against a conspiracy that he is a “crisis actor”.
“George Soros responds to Roseanne Barr's claim that he is 'a Nazi “. Retweets Roseanne's conspiracy theory about George Soros”.
Just liked a tweet suggesting children separated from their parents are crisis actors”. Deletes doctored image inflating his father's approval rating”.
“Fact Check: Michigan's rejection of ballots from dead voters is an example of the system working, not fraud”. ^ O'Sullivan, Done; Dale, Daniel (September 23, 2021).
'S account after sharing coronavirus disinformation”. Dismisses coronavirus deaths: 'The number is almost nothing “.
Turned Halloween Into A “Socialism” Lesson For His 3-Year-Old And People Are Trolling”. Twice urges Virginians to vote on wrong day”.
Appeared in promotion for gun company run by prominent member of polygamous group”. ^ Trump's sons declare war on GOP”.
Comment: How the First Amendment doesn't apply to private companies”. ^ a b c d “Visit to Arlington Cemetery reminded Donald Trump Jr.
'S new book is a lengthy rant about how his family has been victimized by Trump's presidency”. 'S 'Triggered' reads like a campaign book for 2024”.
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“For Now, Trump to Keep Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies”. ^ Trump administration once again lifts the ban on importing elephant trophies”.
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