Jan 102021
 

John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated rock band Skillet, has criticized Twitter for permanently suspending President Donald Trump‘s account.

Earlier this week, the social media platform decided that the president had crossed a line too far continuing to use Twitter to repeat debunked conspiracy theories about the election, even after thousands of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an insurrection that left five dead. Twitter, which has a policy against inciting violence, undermining democratic processes and spreading election misinformation, announced it would no longer let Trump use its platform. Twitter suspended the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Saturday, January 9, Cooper uploaded the latest episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast in which he suggested that Twitter’s decision to restrict Trump from broadcasting his message directly to his tens of millions of followers was a form of censorship, and that it amounts to an attack on freedom of speech.

He said (see video below): “Look, I don’t follow Trump on Twitter. I’m not into it. Some people love it; some people hate it; some people are in between; whatever you are, censoring the president from Twitter, no matter what they’re saying…

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