Jan 13, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert Locked Out of Twitter Until Inauguration Day
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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal defenders, has been locked out of her Twitter account until inauguration day.
#BREAKING: Newly inducted Republican Congresswoman @LaurenBoebert’s personal account has been suspended from Twitter until Inauguration Day without any further explanation. pic.twitter.com/lU64sMxJUN
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) January 13, 2021
“America, land of the free?” said Boebert in a post on Instagram.
Earlier today, the newly elected congresswoman was reportedly denied access to the House Chamber after refusing to allow Capitol police to search her bag.View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Lauren Boebert For Congress (@laurenboebertco)
According to KRDO news, Twitter said that Boebert had violated the Twitter rules, but didn’t specify which rule. The message shared by the Newsmax reporter also fails to identify any rule violated by Twitter.
News of Twitter’s censorship of Rep. Boebert comes as another major tech company, Google-owned YouTube, blacklists President Trump from its platform, in a campaign of corporate censorship so wide-ranging that it is drawing alarm from political leaders in France, Germany, Mexico and Australia.
Other companies ranging from Deutsche Bank to Salesforce have also said they will refuse service to Trump and his organizations in recent days.
The big tech purge is affecting large numbers of ordinary conservatives too. In addition to leading grassroots activists on the right, conservative influencers on Twitter have reported tens of thousands of lost followers amid a wide-ranging purge of grassroots conservatives.
As censorship has escalated, the free speech friendly social network Gab.com has reported hundreds of thousands of new users. The social network is rushing to put new servers online to handle the increased traffic volume.
Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.
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HHS Secretary Alex Azar submits letter of resignation, plans to stay until Jan. 20
WASHINGTON DC -- President Donald Trump's "actions and rhetoric" have tarnished the administration's legacy, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a resignation letter submitted this week.
Azar submitted the standard resignation letter for a Cabinet secretary to offer an outgoing president, dated January 12 and obtained by CNN Friday.
Contrary to the @CNN chyron, I am still here serving the American people at HHS. I believe it is my duty to help ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s team during the pandemic and will remain as Secretary through January 20. pic.twitter.com/zXe1y2om1k— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) January 16, 2021
In the letter, addressed to Trump, Azar laid out what he considered to be the best accomplishments of HHS over the past four years.
"Unfortunately, the actions and rhetoric following the election, especially during this past week, threaten to tarnish these and other historic legacies of this Administration," Azar wrote in the letter.
"The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States of America first brought to the world," Azar wrote in the letter, first reported by The New York Times.
"I implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any form of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inaugural activities in Washington or elsewhere, and to continue to support unreservedly the peaceful and orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021."
Azar said he plans to stay in his role until January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden's team takes over.
Azar mentions the coronavirus pandemic first and it was, by far, the biggest development of Trump's presidency. More than 390,000 Americans have died in the pandemic and more than 23 million have been diagnosed with the virus.
But in his letter, Azar doesn't mention those numbers, the federal government's failure to warn of a pandemic for weeks or the greatly delayed rollout of tests that public health experts say slowed the US response during crucial weeks that could have curbed the spread of the virus.
Azar does not mention disagreements over the danger of the virus -- Trump repeatedly claimed it would "disappear" -- and doesn't reference arguments over mandating or even recommending the use of masks to slow the spread.
Instead, Azar characterizes his department's actions as quick and aggressive.
"While we mourn every lost life, our early, aggressive and comprehensive efforts saved hundreds of thousands or even millions of American lives," Azar writes in the letter.
"Operation Warp Speed achieved in nine months what many doubted would be possible in a year and a half or more," Azar said.
"As of this date we have two safe and effective vaccines being administered to millions of Americans, with more vaccines likely to be authorized shortly."
While it's true the vaccines have been developed in record time and are remarkably effective, the rollout has been slower than promised.
Operation Warp Speed repeatedly promised 20 million Americans would have been vaccinated by the end of December. As of Friday -- three days after Azar submitted the letter -- 10.6 million people had been vaccinated.
This article has been updated to show that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar plans to remain in his role until January 20.
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