Mastriano’s personal account displayed the message, “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.”
Twitter reversed the suspension shortly afterward, and a Twitter spokesperson released a statement that said: “This account was mistakenly suspended for perceived violations of our impersonation policy. This was an error. We have immediately reversed the decision and the account has been reinstated.”
Mastriano described the ban, not as an error, but as censorship.
This censorship is unacceptable in America. A nation that I served for most of my adult life…
The point of Twitter suspending this personal account is to prevent me from posting to my Senate account— to silence our voice. pic.twitter.com/ZqxUCcUxo6
— Senator Doug Mastriano (@SenMastriano) November 27, 2020
President Donald Trump described the ban as a communist practice.
Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud. They and the Fake News, working together, want to SILENCE THE TRUTH. Can’t let that happen. This is what Communist countries do!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
At the hearing, Mastriano called the election a feat of incompetence.
“I mean, I don’t even know how this happened in America. We can send, 50 years ago, men to the moon, but we can’t have a safe, secure election in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania? What’s going on here?” he said.
Mastriano did not back down after Twitter’s intimidation.
Instead, he introduced a resolution on Friday that restores the authority of the state legislatures to appoint Electoral College delegates. The resolution directs Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to annul certification of the state’s results and thus block the appointment of delegates.
The Pennsylvania legislature could then select its own slate of delegates, and its Republican majority in both houses suggests a victory for Trump’s electors.