By Asawin Suebsaeng, Noah Shachtman, The Daily Beast
Four people were dead. The Capitol was in shambles. Several members of his team had resigned. His allies were quickly abandoning him.
Naturally, President Donald Trump was livid. About being locked out of his Twitter feed, that is.
Twitter and Facebook temporarily locked Trump’s accounts on Wednesday after he had used his social channels to incite a riot of his supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Not long after, the outgoing, increasingly authoritarian Republican president grew increasingly upset about the social media giants robbing him of his online voice, according to two people familiar with the matter.
One of the sources said that since Wednesday, Trump has specifically complained that he was trying to send a tweet during his Twitter lockout, and that he was furious that he couldn’t. The other person familiar with the situation said the president privately claimed this was another instance of Big Tech silencing conservatives and trying to help cover up the “crime” of the century that occurred during the 2020 presidential election.