by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 5, 2021) — Reacting to Facebook’s Friday announcement that it would ban 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump from its platform for “two years,” Trump wrote that “Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election.”
He further accused the social-media giant of “censoring and silencing,” concluding with, “…ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”
Facebook’s decision followed a May 5 pronouncement by its “Oversight Board” to continue Trump’s suspension initiated early this year. In an unprecedented move, shortly after the January 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol as Congress was tallying the electoral votes, Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites closed or suspended the sitting president’s account, claiming any future statements of Trump’s might promote violence.
“We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts,” wrote Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg on Friday. “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”
Trump was also widely blamed in political circles after he gave an impassioned speech at the Ellipse in Washington, DC to as many as a million supporters who believed the election had been stolen and handed to Democrat Joe Biden, whose campaign events, in contrast to Trump’s, were rare and sparsely attended. Biden had twice unsuccessfully run for president in the past, and questions had arisen from some regarding his mental acuity and involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine, China and other countries.
Although urging those in attendance to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol that day, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached Trump a second time, claiming that he “incited insurrection,” with seven Senate Republicans voting in favor of conviction at the conclusion of the February trial. The remedy of “removal from office,” as stated in Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, was then a moot point.
In at least one post-election analysis, Facebook was determined to have donated more than $419 million to two non-profit organizations, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Innovation and Election Research (CEIR), which then reportedly worked with local elections officials and Democratic Party-aligned groups to establish absentee-ballot drop-boxes and other protocols not contemplated by current state and federal laws but permitted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wisconsin Spotlight obtained documents demonstrating that in regard to CTCL,”local elections officials worked with the center’s partner organizations, like the National Vote at Home Institute. Emails show longtime Democratic operative Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, Wisconsin lead for the institute, was intricately involved in the administration of Green Bay’s and Milwaukee’s elections, even offering to ‘cure’ or correct absentee ballots.”
The Wisconsin legislature, which has a Republican majority, is reportedly investigating the ties between Zuckerberg’s money and public officials in Wisconsin’s five major cities which benefited from it.
According to The Center Square on May 26:
In the months leading up to November’s election, voting officials in major cities and counties worked with a progressive group funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and its allies to create ballots, strategically target voters and develop “cure” letters in situations where mail-in ballots were in danger of being tossed out.
The Center for Tech and Civic Life, or CTCL, provided millions of dollars in private funding for the elections that came from a $350 million donation from Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The CTCL gave “COVID-19 response” grants of varying amounts to 2,500 municipalities in 49 states.
In exchange for the money, elections divisions agreed to conduct their elections according to conditions set out by the CTCL, which is led by former members of the New Organizing Institute, a training center for progressive groups and Democratic campaigns.
In a statement approximately an hour later on Friday, Trump wrote, “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”
The 22nd Amendment states that