Republican Senator calls on Trump to resign

  • More than 150 Democrats signed on to a new article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Two Republican senators said he should leave office now.
  • The storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday by supporters of Trump prompted calls for his removal from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.
  • The chaotic scenes unfolded after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him. Five people died and 64 were arrested as protesters forced their way into the building.
  • Under pressure on Thursday, Trump took a more conciliatory tone – promising a smooth transfer of power and calling for ‘healing and reconciliation’.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s coverage of the fallout from the chaos at the United States Capitol. These were the updates by Mersiha Gadzo in Toronto and William Roberts in Washington.

Social media executive says Twitter’s suspension of Trump was aimed at preempting further incitement of violence

Jim Anderson, CEO of Social Flow, a social media optimisation company, told Al Jazeera the suspension “had a sense of inevitably” after its temporary suspension of this account.

“What’s a little bit surprising is that Twitter got together” and “preemptively decided” to suspend Trump’s account due to fear of further violence, Anderson said.

Twitter’s statement said the company had determined that two tweets Trump sent today “are likely to inspire others to replicated the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so”.

Trump had been required to delete three rule-breaking tweets before his account was unblocked on Thursday. He returned with a video acknowledging that Joe Biden would be the next US president.

Twitter said two tweets today by President Trump violated its policy against glorification of violence

Twitter cited two of President Trump’s tweets today for its decision to permanently suspend his account which had more than 88 million followers.

In the first tweet that violated Twitter’s policy, Trump said 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!!!”

Twitter said in its assessment the tweet “is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition’ and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election”.

In a second tweet, Trump said: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Twitter judged that second tweet was “received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate” and “may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target because he would not be attending”.

Twitter permanently suspends President Trump’s account

Twitter Inc has permanently suspended President Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence, the company said in a statement on Friday.

“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,” Twitter said.

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