Donald Trump and other conservatives are crying censorship over Twitter’s suspension of Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, whose account was disabled after his partaking in a hearing on the president’s claims of voter fraud.
“Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud,” the president tweeted on Friday.
Twitter and “the fake news,” blasted Trump, are “working together” to “silence the truth.”
“Can’t let that happen. This is what communist countries do!” he added. The tweet has been flagged by Twitter with a disclaimer reading, “This claim about election fraud is disputed,” a message many of Trump’s tweets have been given since election day.
Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud. They and the Fake News, working together, want to SILENCE THE TRUTH. Can’t let that happen. This is what Communist countries do!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
Mastriano, who still has access to a second account used for more professional purposes, tweeted about the suspension on Friday too, claiming it was “censorship.”
“This censorship is unacceptable in America. A nation that I served for most of my adult life,” he wrote.
Mastriano claims Twitter’s purpose in suspending his personal account is to prevent him from posting to his Senate account.
“To silence our voice,” he said.
This censorship is unacceptable in America. A nation that I served for most of my adult life…
The point of Twitter suspending this personal account is to prevent me from posting to my Senate account— to silence our voice. pic.twitter.com/ZqxUCcUxo6
— Senator Doug Mastriano (@SenMastriano) November 27, 2020
Wednesday’s voter fraud hearing, led by Mastriano, included Trump’s lawyers, primarily Rudy Giuliani, laying out allegations of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and other states based on affidavits from witnesses. It also included a phone call from the president himself where he claimed he’d won the election “by a lot” despite official reporting.
“I mean, I don’t even know how this happened in America,” Mastriano said at the hearing. “We can send, 50 years ago, men to the moon, but we can’t have a safe, secure election in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania? What’s going on here?”
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Mastriano’s suspension came not long after the Wednesday hearing, leading many to connect the two events and show support for the state senator on social media.
Twitter has yet to make an official comment on the matter. Mastriano’s suspended account simply has a message from Twitter slapped on it that reads: “Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules.”
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) November 27, 2020
COL Mastriano is easily one of the most highly-decorated and well-credentialed members of any state legislature
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 26, 2020
You have to watch this and retweet! Senator Mastriano said it all yesterday at the hearing in Pennsylvania! Now he has been suspended from Twitter! pic.twitter.com/lJuJApRDLu
— Squirrel Mama (@Squirrels_Mama) November 26, 2020
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