Twitter users are having a field day today upon learning the social media giant has permanently suspended – aka, banned – the account of notorious far right wing conspiracy theorist, fraudster, and overall lying, Trump-loving troll Jacob Wohl.
Wohl, just 21-years old, had managed to do what others dream: become popular on social media, but by doing whatever it takes. He had 186,000 followers on Twitter.
USA Today had the unique opportunity to report on the ban, just hours after it interviewed Wohl, running a story titled, “This 21-year-old tweeted lies about Robert Mueller and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now, he’s eyeing the 2020 election.”
“Wohl’s most prominent gambit was also his most disastrous: an apparent sloppy attempt to accuse Trump’s nemesis special counsel Robert Mueller of sexual misconduct days before the midterm elections in November. His actions were referred to the FBI for potential criminal investigation,” the paper notes.
The story includes a January 22 tweet from Wohl, which went viral, because of conservatives’ confirmation bias: basically, they are more likely to believe what’s on the internet than are liberals.
“Kamala Harris is NOT eligible to be President. Her father arrived from Jamaica in 1961—mother from India arrived in 1960,” Wohl tweeted. “Neither parent was a legal resident for 5 years prior to Harris’s birth, a requirement for naturalization,” he added.
“Kamala was raised in Canada,” he claimed.
Literally not a word of it was true, but, as USA Today noted, it got so much attention CNN covered it as a story.
“Wohl has claimed, without evidence, that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is secretly dead or in a vegetative state and that pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and media outlets were a left-wing ‘false flag’ operation,” USA Today reports.
Even former US Senator Claire McCaskill weighed in, before the ban was announced:
Chilling malevolent stuff. Downright evil. And he’s proud of it. Wonder if his parents are proud. If the answer is yes, that’s part of the problem. Jacob Wohl spread lies about Mueller, RBG. The 2020 election is next https://t.co/3BY9Awk7DN
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 26, 2019
And now, he has had his Twitter account banned, reportedly for “multiple violations of the Twitter rules, specifically creating and operating fake accounts,” according to Mother Jones’ Ali Breland.
Perhaps it was this portion of the USA Today article that forced Twitter to actually take action – something users accuse the nearly 13-year old company of loathing to do:
Wohl disclosed a raft of schemes he says are in the works that he hopes will resonate in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
He says he plans to create “enormous left-wing online properties” – such as deceptive Facebook and Twitter accounts – “and use those to steer the left-wing votes in the primaries to what we feel are weaker candidates compared with Trump.” It’s a plot similar to what Mueller has charged in indictments that the Russians crafted in an effort to boost the 2016 campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein and hobble Hillary Clinton.
Another stated scheme: seeking to collect damaging information on left-leaning non-profits including Media Matters for America, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Right Wing Watch by offering their insiders “moral reconciliation,” and if that doesn’t work, “things of worth” – such as money.
Or perhaps those stated plans themselves are a ruse to fool the mainstream media, which he calls a “band of lying goblins.”
Wohl stressed that the accuracy of the information he spreads is “not the important part.” All that matters is how far those claims travel, and how many people believe them.
Here’s how many are responding – or celebrating – on Twitter:
jacob wohl getting twitter suspended for things he volunteered to usa today pic.twitter.com/sOjyhe1ouj
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 26, 2019
rip jacob wohl’s twitter, you will not be missed
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) February 26, 2019
when you hear that jacob wohl has been suspended from twitter pic.twitter.com/rr46D3Cxa1
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 26, 2019
If Surefire nitwits like Jacob Wohl are OPENLY admitting their intent to spread misinformation in order to mess with elections, shouldn’t they be IMMEDIATELY banned?
ALSO: if trump is so “great,” why the need to spend so much time/energy on dirty tricks to re-elect him?🤔 https://t.co/7fMtcK9Zga
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 26, 2019
Jacob Wohl is the villain in a movie who reveals his super-secret plan in a monologue in time for someone to stop him. https://t.co/0MrxtWFFNz
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) February 26, 2019
BREAKING: Professional troll Jacob Wohl’s twitter account was just suspended.
I, for one, will miss being on the front page of Reddit r/MurderedByWords pic.twitter.com/V9tJm9NhOL
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 26, 2019
•Received lifetime ban from trading stocks at 18
•Received lifetime ban from Twitter at 21
An accomplished young man
— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) February 26, 2019
first they came for Jacob Wohl and I did not speak out— because seriously, fuck that guy
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 26, 2019
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Mark Your Calendar: Schumer Releases Trump Impeachment Schedule
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has just released the schedule for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
The Article of Impeachment will be transmitted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. That week will focus on the administrative elements of the trial.
The following week, starting February 8, the actual impeachment trial will begin.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay, but Schumer and Pelosi did not grant his wish.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb posted the document:
Here’s the impeachment trial schedule — the action will get underway on February 9 pic.twitter.com/JD0swRX8Lq
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) January 22, 2021
This is a breaking news and developing story.
‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Other GOPers Over Capitol Coup
An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.
Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.
If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.
Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.
“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”
North Carolina’s WLOS reports that “despite his tweets urging ‘millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,’ Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded” the day of the attempted coup.
“I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol,” Cawthorn said.
Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:
January 6th is fast approaching, the future of this Republic hinges on the actions of a solitary few.
Get ready, the fate of a nation rests on our shoulders, yours and mine. Let’s show Washington that our backbones are made of steel and titanium.
It’s time to fight.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 4, 2021
Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.
“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit the House’s Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump for the incitement of the January 6 insurrection to the Senate on Monday. Once the Senate has received the Article it is constitutionally bound to take it up immediately.
On Thursday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his conference would be comfortable with waiting two weeks before beginning the trial of the former president, Donald J. Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s answer to McConnell, in action if not words, was no.
Axios adds that the “Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted.”
Those “ceremonial aspects” of the trial would begin Tuesday, CNN’s Manu Raju reports. “The train is in motion,” he says.
NEWS: Schumer says @SpeakerPelosi has told him the article of impeachment against Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of a trial.
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