Insurrectionists storm Capitol; Twitter and Facebook lock Trump accounts; ‘Hitler was right on one thing,’ congresswoman tells pro-Trump rally

  • January 8, 2021
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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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1) Insurrectionists and Extremists Storm U.S. Capitol in Deadly Failed Coup Attempt

“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

+ Extremists Engage in Political Violence During Pro-Trump Rallies

+ ADL Resource: The Storming of the Capitol was Predictable

+ ADL Resource: Antisemites Implicate Jews, Zionists in DC Violence

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

+ ADL Resource: ADL Calls on Twitter to Suspend Accounts Supporting QAnon

+ 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.

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