Donald Trump 'goes ballistic' after being banned from Twitter over US Capitol violence

Donald Trump reportedly "went ballistic" when Twitter finally banned him from the social media platform after the US Capitol descended into violence.

The social media giant permanently cut off Trump's personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers late on Friday.

Twitter cited the risk of further incitement of violence, three days after his supporters marched on the Capitol causing a riot that left five people dead.

Now Politico quotes a  a senior administration official saying the President is “scrambling to figure out what his options are” now his favourite platform for sowing division and spreading lies has shut him out.

Tellingly, Trump tried to use the official President of the United States (POTUS) account just hours after he was banned from his own but Twitter deleted those initial posts too.

Trump is considering doing a 'last farewell interview", Politico adds, with the unnamed White House official saying: "I don’t want the lasting impression of this administration to be what happened at the Capitol”.

Wednesday's violence, viewed with shock around the world, left a police officer and four others dead in its wake, as rioters breached the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding for their own safety.

Twitter's decision to ban him has removed one of Trump's most effective tools at garnering support with his millions of voters.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol as tear gas fills the corridor on January 6
Supporters of Trump enter the US Capitol as tear gas fills the corridor

His frequent posts helped propel his 2016 presidential campaign, since which he has used the site to fire up his base and attack his political opponents from both parties.

Trump later used the official @POTUS government account to lash out at Twitter, vowing that the 75 million "great patriots" who voted for him "will not be SILENCED!"

He said he was considering building his own social media platform but it remains to be seen if he follows through on the claim.

The suspension came a day after a subdued Trump denounced Wednesday's violence in a video in which he also vowed to ensure a smooth transition of power.

With only days left in his presidency Trump also faces a renewed drive by Democrats to remove him from office after he incited his supporters to storm the US Capitol.

Democratic members of the House of Representatives will introduce formal articles of impeachment on Monday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top congressional Democrat, has threatened to impeach Trump for a historic second time unless he resigned "immediately," a move the pugnacious president is unlikely to consider.

Pelosi has also asked members to draft legislation aimed at invoking the US Constitution's 25th Amendment, which allows the removal of a president unable to fulfill the duties of the office.

Trump "has done something so serious -- that there should be prosecution against him," Pelosi told CBS' "60 Minutes" according to an early excerpt of the interview.

Democrats have pressed Vice President Mike Pence to consider the 25th Amendment, but a Pence adviser has said he opposes the idea.

The odds that Trump will actually be removed before January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, remain unlikely.

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