Michelle Obama Demanded Social Media Remove Trump

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Former first lady Michelle Obama demanded that Facebook and Twitter remove President Donald Trump from their respective platforms right before they did.

Her screed came the day after rioters stormed the United States Capitol in what was, make no mistake about it, one of the most unamerican scenes we have witnessed in our lifetimes.

But many would argue that censoring speech is equally unamerican, even when done by a private company.

No doubt Facebook and Twitter were in a tough spot after these rioters stormed the Capitol, but one has to wonder if Michelle Obama’s demand played any part in the banning of, not only the president, but other prominent conservatives.

“I woke up yesterday elated by the news of Reverend Raphael Warnock’s election victory. He’ll be Georgia’s first Black senator, and I was heartened by the idea that the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church—the home parish of Dr. King and a spiritual and organizational hub during the Civil Rights Movement—would be representing his state in the United States Senate,” she said to begin her statement.

“In just a few hours, though, my heart had fallen harder and faster than I can remember. Like all of you, I watched as a gang—organized, violent, and mad they’d lost an election—laid siege to the United States Capitol. They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government. And once authorities finally gained control of the situation, these rioters and gang members were led out of the building not in handcuffs, but free to carry on with their days. The day was a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures. And the wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these,” the former first lady said.

She then had to bring race into it, as she often does, and had the nerve to skip over every riot, burned building, assaulted person and looted store that occurred during the Black Lives Matter protests this Summer.

“It all left me with so many questions—questions about the future, questions about security, extremism, propaganda, and more. But there’s one question I just can’t shake: What if these rioters had looked like the folks who go to Ebenezer Baptist Church every Sunday? What would have been different?

“I think we all know the answer. This summer’s Black Lives Matter protests were an overwhelmingly peaceful movement—our nation’s largest demonstrations ever, bringing together people of every race and class and encouraging millions to re-examine their own assumptions and behavior. And yet, in city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protestors met with brute force. We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests, law enforcement pepper spraying its way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo op,” she said.

That was when she went on to demand that Facebook, Twitter and other apps silence the president and others.

“I hurt for our country. And I wish I had all the solutions to make things better. I wish I had the confidence that people who know better will act like it for more than a news cycle or two. All I know is that now is a time for true patriotism. Now is the time for those who voted for this president to see the reality of what they’ve supported—and publicly and forcefully rebuke him and the actions of that mob. Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior—and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection. And if we have any hope of improving this nation, now is the time for swift and serious consequences for the failure of leadership that led to yesterday’s shame,” she said.

And, around 24 hours later, Facebook had suspended the president and Twitter permanently banned him.

This could, of course, be a coincidence, but the timing is curious to say the least.