Twitter Suspends Trump’s Account, Blocks Posts as Riots Flare

Dow ends at record as US stocks shrug off Capitol Hill unrest

NEW YORK (AFP) – The Dow finished at a fresh record on Wednesday (Jan 6) as Wall Street largely shrugged off unrest in Washington caused by angry supporters of President Donald Trump, who forcefully occupied the US Capitol.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at 30,829.40, up 1.4 per cent.

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 0.6 per cent to 3,748.14, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index shed 0.6 per cent at 12,740.79.

DC Police Chief Says Protesters Deployed ‘Chemical Irritants on Police’ to Gain Access to U.S. Capitol

Washington (AP) — DC police chief says protesters deployed ‘chemical irritants on police’ to gain access to US Capitol.

Opinion | Trump Incites Rioters

The president may use the language of patriotism, but these are the actions of Benedict Arnold.

By Nicholas Kristof

Opinion Columnist

Ivanka Trump May Have Deleted Her Tweet Calling the Mob “American Patriots,” but We All Saw It

In a now-deleted tweet, Ivanka Trump called the rioters storming Capitol Hill “American patriots.” The president’s daughter and advisor wrote, “American Patriots—any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”

She deleted the tweet soon after posting it, but when asked to clarify if she was calling the mob “patriots,” she tweeted, “No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”

The Squad Takes a Stand, Demanding Accountability After Insurrection at the Capitol

Members of The Squad—the group of progressive Congresswomen including Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more—took to Twitter today, calling for accountability from Republicans after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. this afternoon to protest the president’s loss in the 2020 election.

“I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,” wrote Representative Cori Bush of Missouri, a Black Lives Matter organizer who was elected to Congress in the fall. She called for the expulsion of “Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,” and reiterated the same sentiment from her personal account.

Facebook has blocked Trump for 24 hours after the president published posts spouting misinformation as his supporters violently stormed the US Capitol

  • Facebook has blocked Trump from posting on the platform for 24 hours following two policy violations, the company said on Wednesday evening.
  • "He will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time," Facebook said.
  • The company had removed a post by Trump earlier on Wednesday, saying it "contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence."
  • Pro-Trump rioters violently stormed the capitol after Trump incited them by urging them to "show strength."
  • One female protester died at the Capitol after being shot. 
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Denver police officer stabbed while making arrest

A police officer was seriously injured Wednesday evening after being stabbed while trying to arrest a suspect in southwest Denver.

The suspect was connected to a report of trespassing and harassment at 620 N. Federal Blvd., Denver police said in a tweet Wednesday evening.

The Denver officer was hospitalized and the suspect remains in police custody, officials said. Investigators did not identify the officer or the suspect.

Several hotels are listed at the address of the stabbing, which is near the intersection of Federal Boulevard and U.S. 6.

Twitter Suspends Trump’s Account, Blocks Posts as Riots Flare

Twitter Inc. suspended Donald Trump’s account and required him to delete certain posts after “repeated and severe” rule violations, the first time the social media company has taken steps to remove incendiary content from the U.S. president.

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three@realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the company wrote in a tweet. The policy forbids sharing misleading information about the election results. Once the tweets are deleted, Trump will get his account back after a 12-hour lock is lifted.

Trump has posted regularly that the November election, which he lost to Joe Biden, was “rigged.” Twitter has labeled dozens of Trump’s posts in the past, but Wednesday was the first time the president has been suspended from the platform. He was required to delete three tweets, including a video in which he said the election was “fraudulent.” Twitter also threatened to ban Trump entirely.

“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” the company tweeted from its @TwitterSafety handle.

Twitter shares fell about 2% in extended trading after the company’s announcement.