Rush Limbau’s Twitter account has been deactivated.
Twitter confirmed to USA TODAY that the account was not suspended, but “deactivated by the owner”.
The social media platform permanently banned President Donald Trump on Friday, citing the risk that he would incite further violence. He had 88.6 million followers.
Twitter, which locked Trump out of his account on Wednesday over inflammatory posts after pro-Trump stormed the Capitol, lifted the suspension the next day after removing the offensive tweets. Twitter has warned that it will stop Trump permanently if he continues to break his rules.
On Thursday, Facebook blocked Trump on Facebook and Instagram after the president incited supporters to storm the country’s capital. The ban is indefinite, at least for the remainder of his term, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Twitter bans Trump: President Trump has been banned permanently by Twitter because of the risk of inciting violence
Trump blocked on Facebook, Instagram: The suspension is indefinite, at least until the end of the term
Limbau, to whom Trump awarded the presidential medal for freedom last year, rejected critics of the violence on Thursday.
“There are many people calling for an end to violence. There are many conservatives on social media who say that any violence or aggression is unacceptable at all, regardless of the circumstances,” said the longtime conservative commentator. “I’m glad Sam Adams, Thomas Payne, the real boys at the tea party, the people of Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way.”
Trump’s allies and conservatives have called for censorship over Trump’s ban. Twitter also suspended the @TeamTrump account for hiding the ban, the company announced late Friday.
Late Friday, President Trump tweeted from his Twitter account @POTUS, accusing Twitter of silencing him and his supporters. All four tweets were then deleted.
This story will be updated.
Contribution: Jessica Gwyn and Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY
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