Social Media Impact

It is no surprise that President Trump and Twitter do not have a good relationship. Beginning with Trump’s presidency critics are outraged at how much false and violent information the president was able to spread. Two days after the Capitol Hill riot, Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, was permanently suspended. 

During the Capitol Hill riot, Trump was continually tweeting out to his 88,776,124 followers about Mike Pence and the Save America March. 

Save America March was hosted by MAGA groups and the crowd shifted to the Capitol, where the riot began. President Trump was active on Twitter and posted the live stream of the march before it shifted and encouraged the mob to move to Capitol Hill, while also saying he would march alongside the rioters. 

Minutes after, Trump tweeted about Mike Pence, the current vice president of the United States. Attacking Pence by saying he did not have the “…courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution…” and adding that the “USA demands the truth!” This attack comes after Mike Pence could not stop vote-counting in Congress from continuing.

Twitter then put a warning message under Trump’s tweet about Pence labeling it as, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Rioters became more violent causing Pence and his family to exit the building.

Trump tweeted minutes after to the rioters to “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” 

The aftermath was not peaceful. On January 8 Donald Trump’s Twitter was permanently suspended, and Twitter had to remove the trending phrase “Hang Mike Pence.”

Due to the riots at Capital Hill that President Trump did not discourage,  Instagram suspended Donald Trump for 24 hours after telling the mobs to go home while also saying “we love you, you’re very special.” 

On TikTok and Twitter, social media users make light of the riot at Capitol Hill, specifically targeting different individuals who partook in the intrusion, in addition to comparing the motivation of police officers at the Capitol. One image of an older lady who breached the Capital is taken as she smiles holding an American flag and a cup with a straw. Users show the picture and ask, “Who let Meemaw into the Capitol?”

Other TikTokers wonder how strong the police were, as they caption a video, “Top 5 things that are harder to beak into than the Capitol Building.” Following is a list with items like a Caprisun, Child lock containers, an Otter Pop, the mall where Paul Blart works, Kevin McAllister’s house, pull doors that say push, hotel blankets tucked in at the end, and two skinny Lego bricks. Comments under the videos reference the systematic racism seen throughout the US, saying, “Results may vary based on race.” 

Other comments wonder how America reached this level of chaos: “George Washington be punching the air right now” or “At this point, America is a Wish product.”

After seeing Trump supporter’s Tiktoks saying “Trump 2020, it’s not over yet”, users mock their persistence saying, “Washington1789” and “Hillary 2016”. Sometimes, in reference to videos of inspiring Americans who speak out against racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, etc., they will comment on basic identifying things like “Guy on porch 2020” or “[Their name] 2020”.