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Twitter permanently banned Trump confidant and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on Monday night for reportedly violating the social media platform’s “Civic Integrity Policy.”

According to Reuters, Lindell also financed “post-election protest movements” in a bid to overturn the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden.

Dominion Voting Systems has also threatened Lindell — who has repeatedly called for an investigation into the results of the 2020 presidential election — with defamation lawsuits over his claims that the company was complicit in a voter fraud scheme.

What are the details?

Lindell, who has been outspoken in his demand for election transparency, will no longer be permitted to use Twitter.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Twitter told CNN, “The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy.”

The policy in question stipulates that the number of violations determines the level of suspension, ranging from a 12-hour lock on a user’s account to a permanent ban.

“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civil processes,” the company said in a January statement on the policy. According to CNN, those processes include “political elections, censuses, and major referenda and ballot initiatives.”

The spokesperson did not specify which of Lindell’s tweets earned him the permanent ban, but Forbes points out that the company has been “active in using the policy to remove accounts spouting misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the U.S. presidential election in the aftermath of the [U.S.] Capitol riots.”

Many of those accounts, according to Forbes, belonged to not only former President Donald Trump himself, but “many of his prominent allies and over 70,000 QAnon conspiracy theorists.”

MyPillow has yet to issue a comment on Lindell’s ban at the time of this writing.

What else?

Earlier in January, Lindell said that several retailers — including Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair, and more — have dropped Lindell’s MyPillow products.

“I just got off the phone with Bed Bath & Beyond. They’re dropping MyPillow,” he said of the move. “Just got off the phone not five minutes ago. Kohl’s, all these different places. These guys don’t understand. … They’re scared. They were good partners. In fact, I told them, ‘You guys come back any time you want.'”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Twitter permanently bans MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over purported election misinformation

So how will he vote in Trump’s upcoming Senate impeachment trial?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is responsible for provoking the mob that rioted at the U.S. Capitol earlier in January.

What are the details?

In remarks from the Senate floor, McConnell said that the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding … which they did not like.”

He continued, “But we pressed on, we stood together, and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night. We certified the people’s choice for their 46th president.”

His remarks came as he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) prepare for Trump’s forthcoming impeachment trial.

The House impeached Trump last week for inciting an insurrection but has yet to transmit the article of impeachment to the Senate. Once the House transmits the article, the trial can begin, but McConnell has yet to offer up how he plans to vote in the Senate impeachment.

Following McConnell’s remarks, Schumer insisted that Trump “should not be eligible to run for office ever again.”

“Healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability,” he added. “There will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate, there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors, and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”

Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

As Axios pointed out, “A McConnell vote to convict would likely open the floodgates for other Republican senators to do the same.” Undisclosed sources also told the outlet that the chances of McConnell voting to convict the president are “higher than 50%.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Mitch McConnell says mob that rioted at the US Capitol was ‘provoked by the president’

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