Apparently, it is perfectly fine for the top spokesman for the Taliban to tweet anything they want, but God forbid former United States President Donald Trump tweet anything, we just can’t have that.
Twitter is catching heavy flak for the banning of the former president while simultaneously allowing Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, to use the social media service to display and announce updates on “military units” entering Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently stated that their “advance is continuing normally.”
A known French politician, Jerome Riviere, took to the platform to tweet out a post: “Freedom and democracy are not doing well when #Twitter continues to ban #Trump’s account but relays the #Taliban spokesperson’s without any second thoughts,” as reported by Fox News.
Mujahid’s account has not been officially verified, but it appears to be authentic. The account has almost 300k followers and has been routinely cited by the local major news outlets.
Back on the 8th of January, Twitter permanently banned Trump from the platform in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. At the time, Trump had well over 80 million followers, but Twitter stated that it took the actions it did because allowing him the ability to tweet would only increase the risk of “further incitement of violence.”
Twitter made note of a tweet from the former president from the 8th of January that stated: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!”
Trump has not let this slow him down and has still been quite vocal concerning the situation, calling for Uncle Joe to “resign in disgrace.”
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” stated the former president in a release this past Sunday.
“Can anyone even imagine taking out our Military before evacuating civilians and others who have been good to our Country and who should be allowed to seek refuge? In addition, these people left topflight and highly sophisticated equipment. Who can believe such incompetence? Under my Administration, all civilians and equipment would have been removed,” Trump stated on Monday.
Quite a few people posted tweets that were supposedly written by Majhid, who in his bio stated, “Official Twitter Account of the Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
“Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in order to prevent looting and chaos their forces will enter some parts of Kabul and occupy outposts that have been evacuated by security forces. He asks the people to not panic from their entrance into the city,” stated one person.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in order to prevent looting and chaos their forces will enter some parts of Kabul and occupy outposts that have been evacuated by security forces.
He asks the people to not panic from their entrance into the city.
— Shafi Karimi (@karimi_shafi) August 15, 2021
Republicans proceeded to blast Twitter over the ordeal.
“The Taliban Spokesman has a Twitter account without any problem. Meanwhile, President Trump is banned from the platform,” tweeted out Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY). “Something is very wrong here.”
“Why on God’s green Earth does the Taliban spokesman have an active Twitter account but not the former President of the United States?” questioned Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC). “ho’s side is the AMERICA BASED Big-Tech companies on?” he added on.
A conservative academic and lecturer on political philosophy in Britain, Adrian Hilton, also made sure to point out the double standards.
“Twitter banned Donald Trump for expressing support for rioters who stormed the US Capitol. Twitter permitted the Taliban official spokesman to live-tweet Mujahideen terror, the acquisition of arms, storming the Afghanistan capital, and the occupation of the presidential palace,” he stated, as reported by The Daily Mail.