THE WEEK’S BIG 3
Insurrectionists and far-right extremists encouraged by President Trump violently forced entry into the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. In an unprecedented move, Twitter and Facebook suspended the accounts of Mr. Trump as his supporters stormed the Capitol, fearing his posts could incite further violence. A newly sworn-in Republican congresswoman declared that “Hitler was right on one thing” while speaking at a pro-Trump rally on Tuesday, drawing widespread condemnation.
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“Members of far-right groups, including the violent Proud Boys, joined the crowds that formed in Washington to cheer on President Donald Trump as he urged them to protest Congress’ counting of Electoral College votes confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Then they headed to the Capitol. Members of smaller white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups also were spotted in the crowds. Police were photographed stopping a man identified as a leading promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory from storming the Senate floor.” Associated Press: READ MORE
2) Twitter and Facebook Lock Trump’s Accounts After Violence on Capitol Hill
“Twitter said Mr. Trump’s account would remain locked for 12 hours and the ban could be extended if several of his tweets that rejected the election results and appeared to incite violence were not deleted. Mr. Trump’s account will be permanently suspended if he continues violating Twitter’s policies against violent threats and election misinformation, the company added.” The New York Times: LEARN MORE
+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Hey @jack, while @Twitter can’t undo the damage of years of relentless incitement and misinformation on your platform, you can still take action today. The suspension of @realDonaldTrump should be *permanent*. Hold him to the same standard you would other users…
3) ‘Hitler Was Right on One Thing,’ Republican Congresswoman Tells Pro-Trump Rally
“’If we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future,’’ said Mary Miller, appearing to quote from the former Nazi leader’s autobiography Mein Kampf.” The Times of Israel: FULL STORY
+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: .@Miller_Congress, Hitler wasn’t right on anything - and invoking his name in this or any other context is wildly offensive & disrespects the millions who perished due to the Nazis' hateful, genocidal regime.
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
- What we saw today at the Capitol was a national disgrace. I spoke with @GStephanopoulos & @ABC about the horrific display in DC today from rioters & extremists…
- Despite the darkness, there are signs of light. Regardless of politics, it’s inspiring that Georgia - the state that once anchored the Confederacy and where Leo Frank was lynched - came out in record numbers to elect a Jewish man and a Black man to the US Senate. #Progress
- A rioter was harassing an Israeli reporter with vicious, grotesque #antisemitism. This is sadly not shocking considering the violence we saw from extremists at the Capitol…
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Anti-Defamation League partners with CSI to improve security for Jewish communities in NYC (Homeland Preparedness News)
- Report Reveals More Anti-Semitic Tweets from UC Merced Professor (Jewish Journal)
- End of Trump era won’t halt extremism’s rise, experts say (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
ADL IN THE NEWS
- Israeli reporter harassed by antisemitic pro-Trump protester at US Capitol (The Jerusalem Post)
- Scots-based terror student could become idol for sinister male virgin cult (Scottish Daily Record)
- Facebook banned Holocaust denial from its platform in October. Anti-hate groups now want the social media giant to block posts denying the Armenian genocide. (Business Insider)