When the President Gets Canceled

Nobody has been ‘canceled’ like Donald J. Trump

Rainier Harris


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As well as being the only president to get impeached twice, Donald Trump has a new distinction as the only president to be effectively canceled on all major social media platforms.

Twitter indefinitely suspended his account after he tweeted, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

Snapchat will permanently ban him after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, citing Trump’s “attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence.” Facebook and Instagram, both owned by Mark Zuckerberg, banned him at least until the end of his term. YouTube suspended his account for at least a week and possibly longer.

Besides facing social media repercussions, Trump is getting hit where it hurts: his pockets. Stripe has banned Trump (although it is allowing donations to his campaign to come through WinRed, a Stripe customer). Shopify closed all Trump stores on its platform. But what has affected Trump even more are actions taken by banks he’s associated with. Deutsche Bank will no longer do business with Trump or any of his companies…