Make Twitter Great Again — ban Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a menace to social media.

Please sign the petition below (or here) and tell Twitter
to permanently ban Donald Trump from its service. (this link takes you to this page).

Trump puts the “bully” in bully pulpit. Trump regularly uses his nearly 17 million Twitter followers to attack and insult people, places and things (289 by the New York Times’ count, and that’s only since Trump declared his candidacy in mid-2015).

What’s worse, Trump has a tendency to  “punch down”: Trump likes to attack a little guy, knowing full well the little guy will quickly get overwhelmed by the imminent onslaught of Trumps millions of minions.

United Steelworkers 1999 president Chuck Jones learned the hard about Trump’s cyberbullying yesterday when he criticized Trump’s Carrier deal on CNN.


Within 20 minutes, Trump was on Twitter attacking Jones.


Half an hour later, the phone calls started rolling in. “You better keep your eye on your kids,” they warned Jones. And “we know what car you drive.”

This is hardly the Trump campaign’s first run-in with Tweeting gone bad. Trump’s pick for National Security Advisers, Michael Flynn, and his eponymous son, recently tweeted fake conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, involving child sex slaves. Just such a theory sent an armed North Carolina man into a pizza parlor in Washington, DC this week.

Trump’s latest Twitter bullying led Robert Reich told CNN: “Let me just say with all due respect, Mr. Trump, you are president-elect of the United States, you are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin-skinned and vindictive. Stop this.”

But Trump won’t stop this. He’s given no indication of any self-control. And in fact, he seems to relish in his Twitter tirades.

The only thing that can stop Donald Trump is Twitter itself.

While the notion of banning Trump from Twitter may at first sound extreme, Twitter’s own rules put Trump on thin ice:

Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.

Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
– if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
– if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
– if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.

Let’s walk through Twitter’s rules and Trump’s actions:

1. Violent threats and harassment.

And while Trump himself has not directly threatened violence on Twitter, he has threatened it offline at his rallies. So his followers know what Trump lies. And, I’d argue that Trump knows, or should know, the possible consequences of tweeting attacks on private citizens — especially after what happened with the Comet pizza parlor fiasco, where there could have been a bloodbath. Trump’s behavior is at the very least reckless.

2. Hateful conduct.

Attacking women:









Promoting fake news:

Trump is also prolific at creating and sharing “fake news.” As you know, fake-news has become a huge problem this year. So much so, the Pope this week called fake news a sin. From the fake news that led to a near mass murder at the Comet restaurant, to the fake news created and shared by the Russian government to help get Trump elected, fake news is a real problem that social media must address.

Donald Trump is one of the world’s biggest purveyors of fake news. In addition to Trump’s racist fake news tweets above about Muslims on 9/11 and President Obama’s birth certificate, there are also tweets spreading fake news about autism and global warming and the election itself:




By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can strike a major blow against fake news and bullying.

It’s time to put a stop to Donald Trump’s cyber-bully pulpit. Tell Twitter to ban Trump, and make Twitter great again.

Sign the petition below:

To: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
From: [Your Name]

Donald Trump is a menace to social media. It’s time for Twitter to permanently ban Trump from the service.

Donald Trump has repeatedly violated Twitter’s own rules prohibiting harassment and hateful conduct. By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can not only strike a major blow against bullying, but also against the increasing threat posed by “fake news,” of which Trump is a huge purveyor.

Please put an end to Donald Trump’s cyber-bully pulpit. Ban Donald Trump, and make Twitter great again.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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15 Responses to “Make Twitter Great Again — ban Donald Trump”

  1. Bonnierwright says:

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  2. mf_roe says:

    Keep your powder dry, ie don’t waste time and effort on pointless emotional action. Reach out to those who supported tRUMP and are even now feeling “buyer’s remorse” stoke those feelings of betrayal, encourage them to actually think out what Cheeto is really trying to do. Don the Con’s victims are legion—don’t alienate them, learn to direct their anger.

    Of course “the PLAN” is missing a credible LEADER and until one appears we will continue to suffer.

  3. Quilla says:

    Just banning him from Tweeter will not, alas, ban him from the Presidency.

    What’s Plan B…?

  4. brel1 says:

    The latest on The Guardian is he’s turning the whole Fake News thing around so that people will not believe news reports about him that are true. How cunning and devious he is.

  5. mf_roe says:

    Dinky-Pinky’s fatal flaw is his hubris. Let him spew his lies. when his actions start to ACTUALLY impact people’s lives they will realize that his promises and policies are all self serving and designed to subjugate the 99%. People remember the used car salesman that sold them the lemon, the stock broker that conned them into the ponzi scheme, and they open their minds to the idea that they made a mistake in trusting a crook.

    tRUMP’S tweets “document” his deception and are the building blocks of the legal action that will be our only defense until we have the next election. Political action is at least 2 years, maybe 4 years away. Impeachment is a phony solution, it isn’t feasible with repug control of congress. Civil and criminal actions are needed and they will benefit from documentation of tRUMP’S intent.
    Let him build his own gallows.

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  7. MerryMarjie says:

    Let him keep going. He’s digging himself in deeper and deeper, and soon, I hope, the entire nation will realize he is a thin-skinned dictator whose only concern is Donald J. Trump.

  8. Andrew says:

    Twitter ban will not happen. Too many Trump loyalists out there and besides media and cable news will continue to give Trump free airtime.

  9. Demosthenes says:

    One thing now know is long term attacks and incessant repetition effectively label a candidate as undesirable.

  10. Very true. And the more Trump gets thrown off guard, the more reckless he becomes, the more his polls will plummet, and the more the American people and Republicans will start to reject him. We must have campaigns targeting Trump psychologically, and this is one of them.

  11. Demosthenes says:

    Short drive, John.

  12. Demosthenes says:

    Don the Con should be banned from Twitter, just like all the other white supremacists.

  13. This campaign will drive Donald Trump nuts.

  14. zeiche says:

    This campaign seems misguided. The answer to speech is more speech.

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