AOC calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves’ after the GOP lawmaker chased her down a hallway in the Capitol

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a “pretty belligerent person.”
  • The comments came after Greene reportedly chased after Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday.
  • “These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for pursuing her down a hallway in the Capitol and berating her on Wednesday.

“I think it’s pretty public record that this is a pretty belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves,” the New York Democrat told reporters on Thursday.

The confrontation unfolded after the two lawmakers exited the House chamber on Wednesday, according to reporting from The Washington Post. Greene shouted Ocasio-Cortez’s name twice, in an apparent attempt to get her attention, then proceeded to hurry after the New York lawmaker when she did not respond.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”

Ocasio-Cortez threw her hands up, but did not engage further with the Georgia Republican.

When asked for her reaction to the situation, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday that “this isn’t even about how I feel.”

“It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol,” she said. “I’m not going to let kids see that we’re going to be intimidated out of our fight for justice.”

The comments come hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the House Ethics Committee investigate Greene for reportedly chasing Ocasio-Cortez through the corridor and shouting at her.

Ocasio-Cortez said its up to the committee to make a determination. “She was certainly chasing,” she told reporters.

The progressive Democrat compared the outburst to an incident last year, when she was accosted on the Capitol steps by former Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who called her a “f— b–.” At the time, she spoke on the House floor condemning the vulgar language and sent a message to women to stick up for themselves and not “accept abuse from men.”

“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday.

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The Capitol riot defendants are turning on each other and outing Proud Boys leadership

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

The brotherhood of the Proud Boys is falling apart, as more than one of the Capitol riot defendants has turned on the group’s leadership.

According to a CNN report, prosecutors have struck deals with more than one Capitol riot defendant. In exchange for plea deals, cooperators may have to work with the Justice Department and prosecutors to build stronger cases and bring more serious charges against the pro-Trump far-right extremist group’s leaders.

This is not the first indication that there might be disloyalty within the Proud Boys’ ranks.

In March, Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs – who reportedly was one of the first to clamber through a smashed window to get into the Capitol building – broke with the Proud Boys in a bid to escape being held in prison pending trial.

Lawyers for Biggs said in a court filing that he regularly spoke to the FBI and law enforcement agents to tell them about protests that he was involved in, and that these back-channels he had with the authorities should keep him out of jail.

Enrique Tarrio, another well-known Proud Boys leader, was also revealed in February to have been working behind the scenes as an FBI informant. He was outed when Reuters published part of a 2014 court transcript, that said he was working undercover and was helping law enforcement crack drug and human trafficking cases.

Other groups who banded together to storm the Capitol in January are also seeing instances where defendants refuse to hold the line, and are now considering trading information to escape indictment.

Insider reported this week that prosecutors were negotiating a plea deal with Jon Schaffer – a heavy metal guitarist who was spotted storming the Capitol wearing an Oath Keepers hat, indicating his connection with the paramilitary group.

According to a now-deleted confidential court filing that was erroneously uploaded but seen by BuzzFeed News and Politico, Schaffer was involved in “debrief interviews” with prosecutors.

“Based on these debrief interviews, the parties are currently engaged in good-faith plea negotiations, including discussions about the possibility of entering into a cooperation plea agreement aimed at resolving the matter short of indictment,” the filing said.

Criminal defense attorney Martin Tankleff told CNN that he thought it likely that more cooperators would come forward and turn against the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other groups involved in the riot.

“Whenever you have a large group of people arrested and in jail, prosecutors will typically observe the group and pressure defendants to flip on one another, Tankleff said. “They’re going to start talking. They’re going to start sharing information.”

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The Capitol Police officer who died after Capitol attack was honored with a police procession

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This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

  • Video shows officers a police procession honoring the officer who died at the Capitol attack on Friday.
  • USCP officer William Evans died of his injuries after a car rammed into an outside barrier at the Capitol.
  • Flags at the Capitol, White House, and other federal buildings were flown at half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
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The Capitol Police officer who died after a car rammed into a barrier outside the Capitol was honored with a police procession on Friday.

Video footage of the procession shows officers from both the Capitol Police force and Metropolitan Police Department, as well as members of the Secret Service, standing at attention for a motorcade carrying the body of fallen officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the USCP.

Earlier Friday, the Capitol went on lockdown after a vehicle rammed into an outside barricade and injured two officers. Evans later died from his injuries sustained during the incident, and the other officer remains hospitalized but in stable condition.

The suspect was shot dead by one of the officers after the driver exited the car brandishing a weapon.

The USCP identified the fallen officer as Evans in a statement following the attack outside the Capitol.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Yogananda Pittman, acting USCP Chief Officer, said in a statement.

“Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years,” Pittman continued in the statement. “He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Flags at the Capitol and the White House were ordered to be flown at half-staff by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden respectively to honor the fallen police officer.

Less than three months ago, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people – including two Capitol Police officers.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss,” Biden said in a statement following the incident. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”

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US Army reservist charged in Capitol riot was a Nazi sympathizer who sported a ‘Hitler mustache’ to work, federal prosecutors reveal

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Riots at the US Capitol Building.

  • Court documents published by Politico offer an insight into a Capitol rioter’s white supremacist ties.
  • Hale-Cusanelli worked at a New Jersey naval facility where he held secret-level security clearance.
  • Investigators found that Hale-Cusanelli’s coworkers could recall numerous incidents of racist behavior.
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A US Army reservist who is charged with taking part in the Capitol riot was well-known by his co-workers as a “white supremacist,” according to new evidence from federal prosecutors.

Among many other revelations, court documents first published by Politico also reveal that Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was a Holocaust denier who shaved his beard into a “Hitler mustache” and regularly praised the Nazis.

The evidence against Hale-Cusanelli resulted from an extensive investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

NCIS special agents interviewed 44 members of the NWS Earle Security Forces, where Hale-Cusanelli worked and held a secret-level security clearance, in a bid to keep him in prison while he awaits trial following his January 15 arrest.

Of the 44 people interviewed, a majority – 34 – agreed with the description of Hale-Cusanelli as “having extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women,” according to the court documents.

An unnamed Navy Petty Officer stated that the Capitol rioter had said that “Hitler should have finished the job.”

One Navy Seamen said that Hale-Cusanelli had once said that “babies born with any deformities or disabilities should be shot in the forehead.” He also recalled an incident where he said that if he were a Nazi, he would “kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

A supervisor told investigators that she once had to discipline Hale-Cusanelli for wearing a “Hitler mustache” to work.

The results of these interviews were published as was a rebuttal to a letter of support from Sgt. John Getz. Hale-Cusanelli’s supervisor wrote a letter to the court urging them to release him on bond, adding that he was “appalled at how he [Hale-Cusanelli] was slandered in the press in regards to him being a white supremacist.”

Prosecutors, however, pointed out that previous statements from Getz contradicted this assertion. He had previously said that Hale-Cusanelli was a “Nazi sympathizer” and a “Holocaust denier.”

The Capitol rioter’s lawyer argued that his client should not be detained pending trial. He told the court that Hale-Cusanelli is not charged with a crime of violence and is not a Nazi sympathizer, according to the court documents.

Prosecutors dismissed these claims, citing photographic evidence of Hale-Cusanelli sporting a Hitler mustache, numerous racist photos saved on his phone, and a now-deleted YouTube channel of his in which he expressed hateful views.

Hale-Cusanelli is one of the many insurrectionists believed to have been a white supremacist. Groups in and around the Capitol wore regalia associated with far-right, racist, and extremist groups on January 6, Insider’s Susie Neilson and Morgan McFall-Johnsen previously reported.

Following the Capitol siege, the FBI had to screen troops from the DC National Guard to ensure that they did not have ties to far-right ideologies. This put the Pentagon under increasing pressure to address white supremacist ties within the US military, Insider’s John Haitlwanger said.

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Capitol Police ask National Guard to stay at the Capitol for 2 more months

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Members of the National Guard wear protective masks on duty outside of the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • The Capitol Police asked the National Guard to stay at the Capitol for two more months.
  • The AP reported that the Pentagon is reviewing the proposal.
  • The Capitol complex is on high alert Thursday due to potential violence.
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The Capitol Police asked the National Guard to prolong their stay at the Capitol for two more months, according to an Associated Press report on Thursday.

National Guard members have been deployed at the Capitol complex for additional security purposes since the deadly insurrection on January 6. Roughly 25,000 members were stationed in the nation’s capital for President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Currently, around 5,000 members remain at the Capitol.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin previously said the troops are expected to leave the Capitol on March 12. 

The Pentagon is reviewing the proposal from the Capitol Police, according to the AP. The Capitol Police press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The request for extended security comes as the Capitol complex is on high alert Thursday because of threats of potential violence in the city.

The Capitol Police said on Wednesday that it “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday.”

“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” the Capitol Police said.

Authorities have been informed that some followers of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory believe that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president on Thursday, March 4 – the original date that presidents were sworn into office. The 20th Amendment, adopted in 1933, shortened the “lame duck” period between the outgoing president and incoming one to January 20. 

The conspiracy theory is rooted in the false belief that Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Federal and state election officials have all determined that no widespread voter fraud occurred in the 2020 race.

Believers in the QAnon conspiracy were among the Trump supporters who had stormed the Capitol on January 6. The violence left five people, including a Capitol Police officer, dead.

The House wrapped up its business earlier than expected this week due to the possible violence on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that security decisions are not up to her, but that the troops should stay at the Capitol “as long as they are needed.”

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Trump supporter and alleged Capitol rioter says ‘we proudly take responsibility’ and erupts over allegations that antifa protestors stormed the building

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Jonathan Mellis.

  • A Trump supporter who allegedly took part in the Capitol riots has rejected claims that antifa perpetrated the attack.
  • “Don’t you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM,” Jonathan Mellis said.
  • Some Republicans have tried to blame other groups for carrying out the attack.
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A Trump supporter who said he participated in the January 6 Capitol riot expressed frustration over allegations that other groups were responsible for the insurrection, according to legal documents first reported by the Huffington Post on Tuesday.  

“Don’t you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM,” a man named Jon Gennaro, identified by the FBI as Jonathan Gennaro Mellis, wrote on Facebook, referring to the anti-far right movement known as “antifa” and Black Lives Matter protestors. They are “too p—-,” he added.

“We proudly take responsibility for storming the Castle,” Mellis continued. “We are fighting for election integrity.”

Since a pro-Trump mob violently stormed the Capitol last month, some Republicans have attempted to cast blame elsewhere, elevating theories that antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors had disguised themselves among the former president’s supporters and carried out the siege. The FBI has said that there is no evidence to support the claims.

Mellis’ social media posts, documented in an affidavit, also push back on the GOP talking point. 

The FBI revealed several photos of Mellis at the riot and pointed to video evidence of him wielding a stick and striking police officers guarding the Capitol complex. Mellis faces multiple charges, including for assault of police officers, obstruction of law enforcement and Congress, disorderly conduct, and forced entry of restricted grounds. The FBI has made over 250 arrests in relation to the Capitol riot thus far.

Former President Donald Trump, at the time, had also told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a phone call that antifa perpetrated the attack, according to an account of the conversation by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. McCarthy, a top Republican, has dismissed the conspiracy theory.

The Huffington Post reported that at least three other Capitol rioters have rejected claims that antifa and Black Lives Matter groups were involved.

“It was not Antifa at the Capitol,” Brandon Straka, who was charged last month, said per the Huffington Post. “It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them.”

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The FBI plastered DC bus stops with photos of people involved in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol so the public can help identify them

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A billboard on a bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest advertises a message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking information related to violence at the U.S. Capitol, on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using digital posters at bus stops in Washington, DC, as part of its investigations into the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • Photos of the posters, shown on large monitors at DC bus stops, were shared to Twitter by several journalists.
  • The agency is seeking help in identifying pro-Trump rioters who stormed the building during the violent insurrection that left five people dead.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using digital signs at bus stops in Washington, DC, to ask the public for help in identifying the people who participated in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Reporters, including CNN’s Jim Acosta and Ryan J. Reilly of HuffPost, shared images of some of them on Twitter, as The Hill first noted Saturday.

The signs include photos of individuals seen at the Wednesday riot. They urge anyone with information about the insurrection or those pictured to contact the DC office of the FBI or the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.

One person was shot and killed by police during the riot earlier this week. Three other people suffered medical emergencies during the insurrection and died as a result. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer, was also killed after being struck on the head with a fire extinguisher, bringing Wednesday’s death toll to five.

Read more: Secret Service experts are speculating in group chats about how Trump might be hauled out of the White House if he won’t budge on Inauguration Day

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the building after the president encouraged them to come to Washington on January 6 to protest Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote.

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A billboard on a bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest advertises a message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking information related to violence at the U.S. Capitol, on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.

In the months following his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump regularly made baseless and false claims about widespread election fraud to explain his loss to supporters. He and his allies were unable to substantiate the claims and lost dozens of lawsuits that attempted to overturn the election results.

But his supporters showed up to Washington anyway in a violent, last-ditch ploy to stop Congress from formally affirming Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

After Trump addressed his supporters near the White House on Wednesday, thousands of them marched to the Capitol building where many stormed in, overpowering Capitol Police. Those who broke in vandalized congressional offices, posed for pictures in the Senate chamber, stole from the offices, and otherwise desecrated the building.

Authorities have already arrested and charged some of the individuals present at the insurrection on Wednesday. In an earlier statement, the FBI said it was calling on the public to help it identify those involved.

“If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant,” the FBI said in a statement on its website soliciting information.

It continued: “Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.”

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Dow, S&P 500 add to records as weak jobs report boosts stimulus expectations

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  • US equities gained on Friday morning as the weak jobs report spurred investors hopes for a larger fiscal stimulus package to boost the economy.
  • American businesses shed 140,000 nonfarm payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The reading is weaker than consensus economist estimates that foresaw 50,000 job additions, according to Bloomberg data. 
  • “In the face of endless amounts of readily available fiscal and monetary stimulus, the stock market has so far refused to pay attention to the economic data points that matter, like the weak jobs numbers,” James McDonald, Hercules Investments CEO said.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US equities gained on Friday morning as the weak jobs report prompted investors to hope for a larger fiscal stimulus package to boost the economy.

The US economy saw a surprise decline in payrolls in December as stricter COVID-19 lockdown measures extended the nation’s unemployment crisis into the new year. American businesses shed 140,000 nonfarm payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The reading is weaker than consensus economist estimates that foresaw 50,000 job additions, according to Bloomberg data. 

The country’s unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.7% in December, slightly lower than the median economist estimate of 6.8%.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Friday:

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“In the face of endless amounts of readily available fiscal and monetary stimulus, the stock market has so far refused to pay attention to the economic data points that matter, like the weak jobs numbers,” James McDonald, Hercules Investments CEO said.

“We expect stock markets to continue to move higher and bond markets to continue to move lower (price down, yields up) as the likelihood of additional fiscal stimulus out of Washington is high and the continued support of the Federal Reserve is likely as well,” said Chris Zaccarelli, Chief Investment Officer for Independent Advisor Alliance. 

Bitcoin hit a new all-time high of more than $41,000 on Friday morning, staging a rapid recovery despite falling to less than $37,000 overnight. The red-hot cryptocurrency has more than doubled in value over the last month, and risen over 30% in 2021 so far.  

Michael Burry, whose lucrative wager on the US housing bubble’s collapse in 2007 was captured in “The Big Short,” tweeted on Thursday that Tesla stock could implode in a similar fashion. 

“Well, my last Big Short got bigger and bigger and BIGGER too,” the Scion Asset Management boss said as Tesla jumped 8%. “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

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Meanwhile, billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya said Tesla’s stock could be worth three times its current valuation, which would make CEO Elon Musk the first trillionaire.

“Don’t sell a share” of Tesla, Palihapitiya told investors in a CNBC interview on Thursday

Gold dipped 2%, to $1,876.51, at intraday lows. The US dollar strengthened against most of its Group-of-10 currency peers, while 10-year Treasury yields climbed further above 1%, where they haven’t been since March.

Oil prices climbed amid a drop in US inventories. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 2%, to $51.83 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, gained 2.1%, to $55.50 per barrel, at intraday highs.

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All the actions big tech companies have taken against Trump’s social media accounts following the US Capitol siege

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The rioters during the Capitol siege.

  • The US Capitol siege by pro-President Donald Trump rioters on Wednesday has set off a wave of actions from big tech companies.
  • Platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have removed a video of Trump telling rioters “we love you, you’re very special” but “go home in peace.”  
  • Twitter and Facebook have both locked Trump’s respective social media accounts. 
  • Here’s a list of all the actions big tech companies have taken against Trump in response to the Capitol seige.
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The US Capitol siege by President Donald Trump supporters on Wednesday has set off a range of responses and actions from big tech companies, including deleting the infamous Trump response video and temporarily freezing Trump’s social media accounts.

Prior to the historic Capitol siege that left four people dead, according to CBS News, and the Capitol building ransacked, the biggest action tech companies like Facebook and Twitter took to moderate Trump was to add fact-checking lines on some of his baseless claims regarding topics like mail-in ballot fraud.

Read more: The siege of the US Capitol was a disaster for congressional cybersecurity – and experts say Congress will likely have to wipe all its computers and rebuild from scratch

However, following the riots, more big tech platforms have taken serious and actionable steps towards temporarily quieting Trump, although people calling to ban the president from social media platforms say these short-term freezes may not be enough.

See all of the actions various companies have taken in response to the Capitol siege:

YouTube

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YouTube.

YouTube has removed a video of Trump disputing the 2020 presidential election results while telling rioters “we love you, you’re very special” but “go home in peace.” 

Farshad Shadloo, YouTube spokesperson, told Insider in an email on Wednesday that the video violated YouTube’s policies surrounding “content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US.”

“We do allow copies of this video if uploaded with additional context and sufficient educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA) value,” Shadloo continued.

Read more: A pro-Trump super PAC made illegal contributions to the president’s reelection campaign, a watchdog group says

Following this removal, on Thursday, YouTube announced it would give channels a “strike” if its videos violated the social media platform’s policies. Following the first strike, a channel will be banned from posting for a week. A second strike within 90 days will result in a two-week ban. The third and final strike, if done within 90 days, will result in a permanent ban. 

The strike policy announcement came out of the “disturbing events that transpired yesterday,” a YouTube spokesperson told Insider.

Facebook

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Facebook.

The same Trump video that YouTube removed was also removed by Facebook on Wednesday. According to a tweet by Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, the video removal decision was made “because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”

On Thursday, Facebook went one step further and decided to freeze Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, wrote in a post.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

Snapchat

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Snap.

Snapchat has also “locked” Trump’s account following the Capitol siege, a Snap spokesperson told Insider on Thursday

This isn’t the first action Snap has taken against Trump. In June, the social media platform stopped promoting Trump’s account in its Discover section after he called for violence against protestors amid demonstrations following George Floyd’s death.

“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” a Snap spokesperson told Insider in June. “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.”

Shopify

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Shopify.

On Thursday, Shopify removed stores with ties to Trump, including shop.donaldjtrump.com and trumpstore.com.

Read more: Biden has been certified as president. 5 experts predict how his administration could crackdown on the advertising and tech industries.

Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement to Insider on Thursday. “Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

Twitch 

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Twitch.

Twitch has also frozen Trump’s account, and will make further decisions about his account after Biden is inaugurated, The Verge reported.

Previously, Twitch placed a temporary two-week ban on Trump’s account due to “hateful conduct” policy violations, a Twitch spokesperson told Insider in June.

Twitter 

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Twitter.

On Wednesday, Twitter removed the same one-minute video that YouTube and Facebook dismissed. Shortly after, the social media platform locked Trump’s Twitter account and removed three tweets – including one with the aforementioned video – and replaced the posts with “this Tweet is no longer available” messages. As a result, Trump could either delete the tweets to gain access to his account after 12 hours or remain frozen out of his Twitter account.

On Thursday, Trump deleted the three tweets in question, and the tweets now read: “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.” Twitter did not confirm with Insider the time the tweets were deleted, but if the original statement still holds, the 12-hour countdown until Trump has access to his Twitter account has already begun.

However, the social media platform isn’t ruling out more serious actions in the future.

“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said in a statement. 

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‘This is so un-American:’ House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemns violent riots in the Capitol on Fox News, confirms shots fired inside

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy weekly news conference in Washington

  • Rioters protesting President Trump’s loss of the 2020 election breached the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon.
  • House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed with Fox News that he heard on a police radio shots had been fired inside the Capitol.
  • “This is so un-American,” he told Fox. “I could not be sadder and more disappointed witht the way our country looks at this very moment.”
  • McCarthy also said that he called Trump and asked him to condemn the riots and violence.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News on Wednesday that someone inside the Capitol building had been shot.

PBS NewsHour reported, citing one source, that someone was shot in the chest within the Capitol and that it was not a uniformed officer.

“I’m with Capital police, I heard on the radio: ‘Shots fired,'” McCarthy told Fox.

He added that the riots were unprecedented: “I have been in this Capitol for more than 10 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

McCarthy urged an end to the violence: “I could not be sadder and more disappointed with the way our country looks at this very moment. Anyone involved in this if you’re hearing me, hear me very loud and clear, this is not the American way, this not protected by the First Amendment. This must stop now,” he said.

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US Capitol police officers try to stop supporters of US President Donald Trump to enter the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.

Pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol just after 2 p.m. local time, and members of Congress were evacuated from the building.

“This is so unacceptable what I see happening. We can disagree but we do not take it to this level,” McCarthy added.

McCarthy said he had called US President Trump to encourage him to condemn the riots and violence, and do more to calm the crowd. 

“People are being hurt,” he told Fox.

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