January 9, 2021, Lynchburg, VA.
Triumphant Portfolio Management, LLC has announced today the closing and self-deactivation of its Twitter account as a response to that social media’s censorship actions against the President of the United States- Donald J. Trump, national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and lawyer Sidney Powell among others.
“The apparent shared opinion of millions of American’s, an opinion that we at TPM are in agreement with, is that Twitter has gone too far and has been caught “RED-handed” in its abuse of power and its biased left leanings in the culture war,” said James Jon Benet, President of Triumphant. He added, “As a result of their blatant attempts to stifle free speech, which has been going on since long before last Wednesdays rally, and culminated with the suspending of President Trumps personal account (not to mention several other US officials and Americans), we can no longer in good conscience trust, support and utilize the Twitter platform.”
Benet shared, “The President has officially condemned the violence and has appealed for peace through a video. According to an Epoch Times article by Janita Kan, ‘Twitter has added a number of restrictions on a video posted by President Donald Trump that called for peace and urged protesters who amassed at the U.S. Capitol to go home.'”
Here is a link to the video.
“It is my view as a concerned, tax-paying citizen and voter,” Mr. Benet added, “that the social media platforms and tech giants are hiding behind the Communications Decency Act’s Section 230, and that that Section (230) needs to be clarified and modified as the President had previously requested in order to protect our free speech. You can decide for yourself. Seek the facts. But ultimately each one of us will have to take a stand on this issue of the abuse of its influence & power and the overreach by the biggest social media platforms.”
Finally, he stated, “As a portfolio management company, we will immediately work to rigorously remove Twitter from our managed strategies for our clients, and we will begin to investigate the other tech titans for possible portfolio exclusion.”
What follows is a slightly truncated/edited version of an article written on January 9, 2021 by Zachary Stieber of the Epoch Times entitled,
Social media companies banning President Donald Trump is something the Chinese Communist Party would do, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday.
“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the U.S., is what happens in China not our country,” Haley wrote in a tweet.
Twitter announced earlier in the day that it was permanently removing Trump’s account, which had been active since before he took office in 2016. The company claimed his recent tweets were inciting violence.
Trump in response accused Twitter of “banning free speech” and coordinating “with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me—and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me.”
Trump said his team has been negotiating with competitors to Twitter and is looking into building their own platform in the near future.
Facebook also banned Trump, at least for the remainder of his term.
Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under Trump after governing South Carolina and is rumored to be mulling over a 2024 presidential bid, was joined by others in reacting strongly to the bans.
Jason Miller, a Trump campaign adviser, said large technology companies want to “cancel” Trump supporters. “If you don’t think they’re coming for you next, you’re wrong,” he wrote on Twitter.
Banning the president “is the biggest mistake” Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, “and the fascists of Silicon Valley have ever made,” added Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump aide.
Twitter also banned a slew of others, including lawyer Sidney Powell and Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Some Twitter users voluntarily left the platform after the wave of bans, such as radio hosts Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. They urged people to transition to Parler, which has stronger free speech protections than Twitter.
Parler was removed from the Google Play store on Friday by the tech giant and Apple threatened to remove it as well unless the company introduced stronger moderation practices.January 9, 2021