| USA TODAY
Celebrities are reacting to the permanent suspension of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
The company banned the @realdonaldtrump account for good on Friday, citing risk that the president would incite further violence. Twitter first locked Trump out of his account on Wednesday for inflammatory posts after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, but the company lifted the suspension the following day.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” read a company statement late Friday.
Many stars cheered the decision in the wake of the company’s announcement.
Chrissy Teigen simply wrote, “AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHA…”
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 8, 2021
“What the (expletive) took you so long @jack?” asked Julia Louis-Dreyfus, addressing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“The year is looking up again,” wrote Jameela Jamil.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain retweeted Twitter’s announcement and added a warning: “He’s gonna burn the White House to the ground.”
Others, however, took issue with the suspension.
“If you’re on the right or not woke or want to raise Q’s about the integrity of our electoral system, you’re next,” wrote Megyn Kelly.
User @ozzygutierrez1 replied to Kelly that “there is a difference between raising Q’s about the integrity of our electoral system and actively undermining our institutions and advocating for violence like he did.”
Former soap opera star Antonio Sabato Jr. tweeted directly at Twitter’s CEO.
“You evil dirtbags Twitter @jack,” he wrote, calling Trump “The Greatest President in History.”
Comedian Sarah Cooper questioned the president’s state of mind following the ban.
“Uhm,” she wrote. “Anyone worried he might lose his mind. Who the hell is going to explain to him that his precious Twitter followers are all gone”
Uhm. Anyone worried he might lose his mind. Who the hell is going to explain to him that his precious Twitter followers are all gone
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) January 8, 2021
“FINALLY!” she wrote. “Can we put them on a family plan? Don Jr, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Jared, you too Melania…Shut all of those scoundrels down!”
According to author Stephen King, Twitter “finally got fed up with Trump’s lying (expletive) and took away his megaphone.”
“Good,” he added. “Makes me proud to be a twitterhead.”
Hillary Clinton called back to one of her past tweets during the 2016 election in which she ran against Trump for the presidency. At the time, she tweeted at Trump, “Delete your account.”
On Friday, Clinton resurfaced her old tweet with a checkmark emoji.
Meanwhile, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that “free-speech no longer exists in America.”
“It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few,” he added.
Billy Eichner joked about going a step farther than the Twitter suspension.
“Don’t just ban him from Twitter, FORCE him to join Bumble,” he wrote. The comedian also jokingly pleaded for Dorsey to “please take me next.”
“I need to get the hell off of here I have things to do,” he added.
.@jack please take me next I need to get the hell off of here I have things to do
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 8, 2021
“Congratulations to the #BeBest campaign for finally getting some results!” wrote the Twitter account for “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” referencing first lady Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign.
Contributing: Jessica Guynn
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