Twitter permanently suspends President Donald Trump. AOL.

Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

The president’s account, with 88 million followers, was initially banned for 12 hours on Wednesday due to “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” after he used the platform to condemn Vice President Mike Pence as his supporters stormed the 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.

Almost immediately, the account that Trump had used for years to convey his every thought, to denounce his enemies and praise his friends, to convey uncountable false statements and official White House announcements, simply disappeared. It was suddenly impossible to see his previous tweets, or even to see his reaction to Twitter’s decision. Instead, his empty account had been marked: “Account suspended.”

Trump’s attempts to tweet from associated accounts also were blocked. At one point, he was tweeting from his campaign account, but that was promptly suspended.
In a blog post, Twitter detailed the reasoning behind the decision.

“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” Twitter wrote. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”

“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence,” the post continued. “We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter banned the president’s account after years of public pressure and several attempts to limit the reach of his account in recent days. Hundreds of Twitter employees recently signed a letter urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban the president for using the platform to incite violence in the wake of the Capitol siege. An employee at Twitter who has been pushing for the company to delete the president’s account this week told NBC News that “leadership took a beating” at a meeting Friday morning with employees, many of whom pleaded with executives to delete his account.

“A lot of us are so happy, and so proud to work for a company that did the right thing,” the employee said.

This was the second time in a week Twitter had taken action against the president’s account. Twitter removed three tweets that promoted conspiracy theories about the election and locked Trump’s account on Wednesday, citing “a risk of violence,” after a violent riot at the Capitol.

Trump’s official @POTUS account is still active, but if the company determines he’s using it to evade the ban, it will take action to limit its use, a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.

About two hours after his ban, Trump did turn to the official @POTUS account, railing against Twitter, Democrats, and “the Radical Left,” in a series of tweets that were quickly deleted. A Twitter spokesperson said, “As we’ve said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules. We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS.”

In the blog post, Twitter cited Trump’s two most recent tweets as an explanation for the permanent suspension.

In the first one, Trump wrote: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

In the next, he tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Taken together, the company determined, they were “likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”
The suspension drew immediate praise from Democratic politicians.

“Thank you @twitter for taking this action,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., tweeted. “We must come together as a country to heal and find a common path forward.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted: “An overdue step. But it’s important to remember, this is much bigger than one person. It’s about an entire ecosystem that allows misinformation and hate to spread and fester unchecked.”

Republican politicians and Trump loyalists pushed back on the decision.
“Disgusting. Big Tech wants to cancel all 75M @realDonaldTrump supporters,” tweeted Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign.

Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted: “Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country. #Unbelievable”

Trump was an early adopter of Twitter, joining the platform in 2009. He has long favored Twitter as a means of communicating his policies, opinions and grievances directly to supporters while circumventing the traditional media.

But after his election in 2016, Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl that as president he would use the platform differently.

“I’m going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to do very restrained,” Trump said. “I find it tremendous. It’s a modern form of communication.”

Trump was not restrained, using his account to make ad hominem attacks against political opponents and announce public firings, posts that were widely criticized as unpresidential but allowed by Twitter.

In 2020, as the pandemic raged and the president used his account to spread misinformation about Covid-19 and the coming election, Twitter — under fire from public health experts and lawmakers — began to enforce new policies on Trump’s account.

Twitter first took action against Trump’s account last May, adding a warning label to a pair of tweets that claimed mail-in ballots were fraudulent. The label said the tweet contained “potentially misleading information about voting processes.”

In the months that followed, the company played whack-a-mole, adding labels to tweets for violating nearly all of the company’s rules, including abusive behavior, misinformation, glorifying violence and manipulated media.

On election night, Twitter took the unprecedented step of hiding behind warnings tweets from the president that claimed his votes had “started to magically disappear.” Since then, Twitter has labeled Trump’s tweets disputing the free and fair election — sometimes daily.


I am delighted that Twitter is no longer allowing Donald Trump to incite hatred to his 88 million followers on Twitter.

Blocking and restricting free speech should always be a last step in modern democracies.

But rights and obligations must always be balanced.

I have always liked the STATUE OF LIBERTY but I’ve always said they should build another statue near it called the STATUE OF RESPONSIBILITY.

Free speech cannot be used to incite revolution, sedition and anarchy.

Donald Trump should be prosecuted for treason and put away for a long time.

His words and actions last Wednesday put not only US democracy but international democracy and stability at risk.

And, I cannot understand how 70 million Americans voted for Trump.

I’m afraid it says all you need to know about the intelligence and common sense of a large part of the population of the USA.

PAT’S SERMON. Sunday 10 TH JAN 2021

I love The bishopbuckleyspodcast | PAT’S SERMON. 10.1.21. AS THE TWIG BENDS, SO THE TREE GROWS., let’s play it!


Yes Pat, it’s amazing how many Americans call themselves Irish. You ask them where their Da or Granda was born, they say America. I’ve been there once as a tourist but never again. But as well as many Americans being Trump supporters, look at our own UK Brexit supporters. Many similarities. As for Twitter, I did see Trump’s son saying that the Ayatollah of Iran is still allowed to Tweet, yet Trump is banned. I agree with Trump’s ban, but Jaysus the Ayatollah is far worse. Sure I wouldn’t be able to take even a Breviary or anything in to that place.


Have you been on the late night sauce again (fake Fr) Tommy? You are a total gombeen and a con merchant so give it a rest as most people know you have never been a priest but more an auld bogtrotter with plenty of yap so it’s time to shut your noise. Give over.



Feel better now after that rant? And yes, I was enjoying myself a nice bottle of something. Which is probably why I used the holy name. But despite that, I am neither a gombeen nor a con merchant, thank you.


Nothing at all wrong with a drink or two at the end of the day Father Tommy.


That’s an edifying story, Pat! Impressive. Do you say all the five hours of the breviary every day?


He’s also been banned from the porn site just for fans 🤣
Hopefully on Monday we’ll find he’s been impeached.
And his plan to try to evade arrest by fleeing to Scotland on the last day of his term has gone wrong… because Scotland have banned international arrivals until February!


Thank God The Donald’s on the way out, although wither auld Joe will be any better,we’ll have to wait and see. The minute he’s sworn in all the investigations will start again about his and his son’s financial deals with China.


Shackin’ altogether, so it is, that they banned a president of The ‘nited States. He’ ll just nuke Twitter now, so he will.


From one of American finest poets:
Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em
that’s what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death
and get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard.
Lou Reed


8.04 am anon.
This👆 got me wondering. I could probably hazard a guess that owner of this blog has a damascus conversion experience just like St Paul.
Will the bishops here welcome him with open arms? 😏😯🤣. Just saying…..


Another woke blog Pat. The Donald didn’t start any new wars, nor does he advocate baby killing, as a gay man you can go to and feel safe in the USA, I’d recommend the Castro in San Fran, I wouldn’t fancy your chances in Iran, at best a public flogging and at worst a drop from a high building.


Luckily, Bp Pat, we have the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) written by Great Britain after WWII and sets down freedom of expression parameters.
Americans’ obsession with guns shocks British and European people the most, I think, and the politically appointed Supreme Court.


Thanks for sharing that information! Is that in the Anglican and Lutheran tradition? In a world of ‘sin and strife’ we Christians ought to be more connected and allow for legitimate differences. Unity is the prayer of Jesus and not uniformity.

Christum, Filium dilectum, in quo Pater sibi complacuit, venite adoremus.


11.26: FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD…..not HOLY FAMILY!!! What traditions are you following???


The Commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord was introduced in 1955 as a weekday feast, the feast of the transfiguration is more venerable and is also not recognised as a Solemnity of the Lord


1:59 pm
The RCC celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday after Christmas Day. And the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday after the Epiphany.
Devotées of earlier liturgical dispensations frequently advance as an argument that earlier means more authentic, or more historical, such as the so-called ‘Mass of the ages’ idea and forgetting that that which preceded the current system was itself preceded by earlier systems.
If anything, the evidence points in the other direction: as time goes on and with enhanced technology more precise historical information about biblical times becomes available.


From one of American finest poets:

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em
that’s what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death
and get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard.

Lou Reed


When in reality, of course it most certainly has not always been the feast of the Holy Family in Catholic tradition. The feast was instituted in 1921 and continued on that date until a new edition of the missal was promulgated in 1970 – so it had a 49 year lifespan as distinct from the current arrangement which is now ever 50 years old. 😀


DONAL TRUMP was the AGENT of the HOLY GOD and his work to do that WILL was stopped by the agents if the devil luciferious and these will NOT get awaybwith their evil doings DOBALD TRUMP will be back you wsit


The feast of the Holy Family was made obligatory for the Universal Church on the Sunday within the octave of the Epiphany, By Pope Benedict XV. I thought you’d have known that.


Pat @11.24am I think there is a big difference in one or two glasses as opposed to one or two bottles in the case of gombeen Tommy.


As “Pat Says” – with freedom of speech comes responsibilities. Absolutely agree and have always argued this truth. However, it would be proper, just and honourable now if Pat began to understand his own RESPONSIBILITIES re: incitement to hatred of a particular group: priests. Pat facilitates a brutal, abusive and hate-filled agenda. So Patrick – practice What you tell us you believe..WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH COMES RESPONSIBILITIES…You will have to truly embrace PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES about the offensive, dangerous and horrendous poison you promote.


There are people who comment on this blog who seem to hate priests.

I do not hate priests. I am one myself.

Is it not about hating the sin, corruption, abuse, hypocrisy etc???


I think you deserve a thought out answer to that comment, Pat. By and large I hate RC priests and hate the RC church. I don’t hate priests of other denominations.
As a boy (before the abuse scandal kicked off in the UK) I thought our PP was a dickhead. He ran the parish as he wanted, took advantage of good will, had two houses full of furniture in the presbytery which he’d been given, and seemed to me very unsuitable. In his homilies he would actually refer to his enemies in the parish and since the PP in the next parish was also difficult, numerous people went to mass in the other one or elsewhere.
He was totally unquestioned, couldn’t be challenged, and to all intents and purposes wasn’t interested in the parish. He didn’t visit, he made literally no effort apart from mass and confession, to engage with the parishioners or try anything new. We sang the same 26 hymns repeatedly which were only chosen by him.
As I got older and saw other parishes, I saw ones that were run differently, but the same power dynamic was always in place. Around this time several high profile cases of abuse in the diocese hit the press and it became very evident that they had both been mismanaged and that the clergy of the diocese had known all about them for years.
At that point I walked out and frankly I think the experience I outline here is enough to regard any RC priest with suspicion.
The priests who comment here none of them actually engage with the fact that their passive complicity in the abuse actually does damage and it isn’t enough to say not all priests are like that. Their own attitude shows all priests who remain in the church are like that or they would be in your position, Pat.
Trust my kids with an RC priest? Never. Luckily their mother (we’re separated) is a pagan, doesn’t take any nonsense, and is bringing them up pagan, which I’m fine with.



Isn’t it odd that the institutional RCC, and its priests, NEVER took responsibility for their vile crimes against children until their feet were held to the fire, especially by a global Press, and they were shamed and forced into taking that responsibility? For the crimes of raping and sodomising innocent children? For protecting the priest- perverts who did this? And in the process endangering other children?

Be under no illusion, Roman Catholic priests would still be covering for their child-abusing colleagues were there no such Press. They have been brought to where they are on child safeguarding (such as it is) not by personal conscience, but through being called out, shamed, and mocked on a world stage.

It ill behoves you to lecture others on responsibility.

You are hypocrites, all of you.

I’ll accept no sermons on responsibility from a Roman Catholic priest.


2.13: Way off the central issue for today. You’ve abused the blog issue to make YOUR anti-catholic rant. The essence of my point is that no person should ever be facilitated on any public forum to incite hatred towards particular groups or individuals. Many repeat commenters are given the space on this blog to incite hatred of priests. You din’t need to be a genuis to decipher such commentary which is morally reprehensible and evil. If you are a fair and honest person you cannot dispute this fact. Regarding the press and its exposing of church scandals: I have every admiration for their exceptional, responsible reporting. I respect your right not to take lectures from Roman Catholic Priests, as I trust you’ll grant me the right not to accept your narrative nor your nasty condemnations.


It ill behoves you to lecture anyone on anything,, especially your hatred of The Sacred Priesthood that constantly falls like vitriol from your vile mouth. I don’t accept your constant anti-clerical rants so give us peace and shut up.



You’re a hypocrite, on more than one account.

If my post at 2.13 is ‘way off the central issue for today’, then so, too, is yours at 1.51.

Moreover, if I have (as you portentously said) abused the blog issue (?) to make YOUR anti-Catholic rant’, then by the same token, YOU abused the ‘blog issue’ (?)😕 to defend an institution ‘corrupt, and riddled with corruption’, the source of this corruption being priests.

I am NOT anti-Catholic. Your lie is transparent. But I am (and happily) anti-Roman Catholic priest and priesthood, neither of which was intended by Christ.


@2pm If I said I was a nuclear scientist you probably would believe that too just because I said it. Wise up!


Nah. I would expect you to act like a nuclear scientist and that is why I would believe you or not. Fr Tommy acts like a priest.


3.01pm Thanks for giving me the best laugh in ages for the most idiotic statement you just made.


Well, I’m not going to prove I am. This is a progressive blog about catholic issues. Therefore it is going to attract priests like myself. I have every empathy for anyone who is deeply hurt by the church and its priests. I remain in it because it is the faith I was brought up in, the vocation that I felt I had, and people have been helped spiritually through my ministry. That’s where I stand. I am a “believer in the gospel” before a priest or even a catholic.
Were you ever able to separate priests from Jesus Christ? Did you ever consider going to a different denomination? Anglican, Free Church? You say you were happy that your children were brought up pagan. That is fine, of course. But it would suggest to me that you had lost your faith in Christ, and not only in the church? I don’t mean any rudeness by that.


Yes both. I have been to other denominations but none of them ever felt right or like I could be at home. I’ve dabbled in my ex’s path too.


@5:05pm Pat, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. But I would love it if you would draw up a solid profession of faith (not a creed) explaining how that doesn’t conflict with your current ministry. I’m autistic so I struggle with these things, but I can’t help but spotting many many contractions in between your ministry and your professed beliefs. It would be so helpful if you could bridge those gaps for me.


3.05: Tommy boy, a “progressive blog”.. How laughable! Go and learn the meaning of “progressive”…You are beginning to present yourself as an idiotic buffoon…


This blog is quite traditionalist by my standards. There are active clergy who are much more progressive than Bishop Pat.


Maybe “open minded” then would have been a better use of phrase. I’m getting the feeling you really don’t like me 😉


Pat, has anybody ever seen thon big Dean? Is he still with the diocese?
Whatever happened to that big leg over artist Dallat. Is he still around?


Dean wanted a large family/diocesan event in next few months to mark the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Thank God Covid put an end to that.

Himself and Con Boyle – still many unanswered questions about his time as a staff member in the Irish College by the way – will have to remember their classmate Greg Cormican in a more private way.


I attended the Dean’s doctoral defence in Maynooth. He showed such promise. Haven’t laid eyes on him since those heady days.


No. The concept of homosexuality is foreign to the bible.
A very few passages refer to same-sex sexual relations from the assumption that every one was by nature, attracted to the other sex and therefore, that those who engaged in same-sex sexual relations were acting against their nature. No wonder that such thoughts elicitedsuch opprobrium.
We know differently and better today.


5.29: You’re not anti-Catholic – perhaps not but you are have a hateful, scornful contempt and disdain for Catholic priesthood. You say it as if hatred of any particular group is acceptable. Your ignorance is bliss to you, your capacity for hatred, self destructive. The kind, compassionate sentiments of some towards you should inspire something a little more noble in you🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏…..pray, pray, pray.


Pat Buckley is one of the few voices speaking out about clerical sexual hypocrisy, and one of the few even in this group who will do more than just speak, but hold people accountable, especially when they are destroying lives. I find him far more “traditional” and “Catholic” for this reason than the monks of Silverstream, who should know better than to shelter their disgraced former prior.


Trump is a polite word for fart in our house these days. When he started out I agreed with many who agreed he does what he says. This contrasts with many politicos who speak with forked tongue as the auld cowboys might have said. Rather than delighted in Trumps fall which is what it is. Our challenge is to concentrate on our integrity and avoid being labelled trumpettes what


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