Trump May Have Encouraged 'Violent Acts' at Biden's Inauguration, Warns Twitter

Following its Friday decision to permanently suspend President Donald Trump's account, social media platform Twitter released a blog post listing its reasons for banning the president—including that his tweet about not attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration may encourage his supporters to commit acts of violence at the ceremony.

The blog post listed two of Trump's Friday tweets as the reasons for banning his account. The first was his tweet that read: "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!!!"

The second was his announcement that he wouldn't attend the inauguration: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."

Twitter said that both posts "must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President's statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks"—and that the tweets violated guidelines against the glorification of violence.

The social media platform shared five bullet points, explaining the factors that led to the decision. The first bullet point said that Trump's announcement of him not going to the inauguration signaled to his supporters that the election was not legitimate—a contradiction to previous statements in which the president said there would be an orderly transition of power.

The second bullet point explained that Trump's tweet on skipping the inauguration "may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a 'safe' target, as he will not be attending."

...fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”

— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021

Other points included criticisms of Trump calling his supporters "American patriots" and speaking about having a "giant voice" going forward. Twitter's blog post said that the former point has been interpreted by some as support for the violence at the Capitol, while the latter has been construed as another denouncement of an orderly transition of power.

Twitter's final point emphasized that further armed protests have been discussed both on the platform and off. It also noted another possible attempt at storming the Capitol could occur on January 17.

Concluding its blog post, Twitter said that it was taking steps to avoid allowing a platform to people that would copy those who invaded the Capitol.

"As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are 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 post ended.

Meanwhile Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, warned about the possibility of future violence and said that action should be taken to prevent it.

"There's gonna be violence in the run-up to the inauguration," he said during an interview with CNN Friday.

Among the steps he called for to prevent it was Trump himself calling the election fair and free, disavowing previous statements.

"There's going to be more violence," warns Chris Krebs, the former US Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, who was fired by Pres. Trump. "There is going to be violence in the run-up to the inauguration. This is not over. There will be more."

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) January 9, 2021

Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.

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The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on an iPhone screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. Citing the risk of further incitement of violence following an attempted insurrection on Wednesday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. Justin Sullivan/Getty