Newly seated Rep. Barry Moore (R-Ala.) deleted his personal Twitter account after posting tweets minimizing last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol and promoting baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
“[W]e have more arrests for stealing a podium on Jan. 6th than we do for stealing an election on November 3rd,” Moore said in one tweet, referencing the arrest of Adam Johnson, who was arrested after photographed carrying Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMost of 120 arrested or identified at Capitol riot were longtime Trump supporters: AP analysis Pelosi gives ’60 Minutes’ tour of her vandalized office Pelosi: Democrats will move to impeach Trump MORE’s (D-Calif.) lectern out of the Capitol building on Wednesday.
“Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Detroit would be places I recommend you start,” Moore added.
The Alabama Republican also claimed “it was a black police officer that shot the white female veteran,” referencing Ashli Babbit, an Air Force veteran who was shot and killed while attempting to force her way into the House chamber as part of the mob attack.
Moore’s account was first suspended and then self-deactivated, according to AL.com. His chief of staff told the publication that the lawmaker deactivated his own account after the suspension “because of the censorship of conservative voices he saw happening.”
The suspension and deactivation occurred shortly after journalist Jamie Dupree highlighted the tweets.
Barely an hour after I pointed out a pair of tweets about the US Capitol attack made by Rep. Barry Moore R-AL, the Alabama Republican deleted his personal Twitter account @barrymoore.
In this one, Moore made light of one of the arrests from the attack.https://t.co/fspR6MROzW pic.twitter.com/0hFkQ9b1Du
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 10, 2021
“No way I’m going to support [Twitter’s] biases,” Moore said in a Facebook post, according to WDHN, an ABC affiliate in Alabama. “1st Amendment has always been what the left in this country claimed was paramount to them.”
The congressman added that he had started an account on Parler, the largely unmoderated platform where numerous figures suspended from Twitter have migrated. Parler went offline Sunday night after Amazon Web Services booted it over its lack of content moderation. The app has also been removed from Apple and Google stores amid concerns it was used to coordinate last week’s violence in the nation’s capital.
Moore’s Facebook post, meanwhile, has either been deleted or made private since it was first reported by WDHN.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Moore’s congressional account remains active. On Friday, he commemorated Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed in the riots, in a tweet.
My heart breaks for the death of USCP Officer Brian Sicknick, who was tragically killed during Wednesday’s violence. Praying for his family and colleagues.
Let’s all take a moment to thank our law enforcement officers who selflessly defend our nation each and every day.
— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) January 8, 2021
Source: The Hills