Donald Trump ‘resorted to suggesting put-downs’ to allies following Twitter ban

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The former US president was banned from the social media website following the storming of Congress in Washington DC. The civil unrest also triggered his second impeachment trial, which is due to begin on February 9.

But according to a report by the Daily Beast, the Republican has asked friends to divulge his ideas from their Twitter accounts.

Rep Liz Cheney became one of his purported targets after she spoke out in favour of – and later voted for – his impeachment.

The news outlet reported: “Due to Twitter’s banning of the @realDonaldTrump account following the Capitol riot that Trump instigated, he has not been able to personally trash Cheney via his once widely read tweets.

”He has written out insults and observations, several of them about Cheney, but with no ability to tweet them himself, he has resorted to suggesting put-downs for others to use or post to their own Twitter, according to a person with direct knowledge of this new habit.”

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The former president recently hit out at Ms Cheney for supporting his foreign policy but condemning him over his remarks relating to the January 6 riots.

Ms Cheney released a statement following the insurrection announcing her support for the impeachment vote.

The statement read: “Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.

“Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

The trial is now scheduled to begin next week and Mr Trump has been forced to appoint new lawyers after three top lawyers decided to pull out of his legal team.

Lawyers Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, and Joshua Howard, all parted ways with the former President in what was described as a “mutual decision”.

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On Monday, the former president confirmed he will now be defended by lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor.

The historical second impeachment could lead to a lifetime ban for Mr Trump to ever hold office again.

The impeachment article was passed with 232 votes to 197, with 10 Republicans voting against him.

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