GOP lawmakers react to Facebook’s continued Trump ban with threats and warnings

After Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld former President Trump’s suspension Wednesday morning, Republican members of Congress railed against the social media platform. The move to continue to ban Trump undoubtedly sets a precedent, but most GOP members agreed it’s not a good one.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have experience peppering social media CEOs with questions. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in particular. Both congressmen are members of their prospective Judiciary Committees. Zuckerberg appeared in a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as recently as last fall. Sen. Lee compared the move on Facebook’s part to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Rep. Jordan instead simply joined voices with the Federal Trade Commission, other members of congress and tweeted: “Break them up.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saw the precedent as widely applicable to all Facebook users. He warned that anybody could be next in a tweet.

Yet, others don’t see the ban as detrimental to Trump’s image. Jarome Bell, a Republican candidate for Virginia’s 2nd district in the House, postulated that Trump doesn’t need Facebook.

Bell is likely referring to Trump’s new site, where he echoed Jordan’s threats. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump wrote.

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