RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s not just the president who is being banned on social media. One of his staunchest supporters - a Virginia state senator - is speaking out because she is being suspended from Facebook.
Senator Amanda Chase is dismissing calls for her resignation after she attended the pro-Trump rally Wednesday that preceded the chaos at the nation’s Capitol building.
If you ask Virginia Senator Amanda Chase, many of the people overtaking the U.S. Capitol Wednesday weren’t really there to cheer on the President.
“ANTIFA had indeed infiltrated. They dressed as Trump supporters and turned their hats backwards and were trying to break into the building,” Chase said.
She shared that sentiment on Facebook only to find the social media service banned her, claiming she’s spreading a false narrative. She says she’s blocked from accessing her account for 30 days and from posting live videos for 60 days.
“I think it’s an attack on our 1st Amendment right to free speech, and I think Facebook has weaponized their community standards policy to eliminate any free speech, thought or expression that doesn’t meet the narrative that’s approved or propagated by the socialist left,” she continued.
It comes as the Virginia Senate Democrats called for the Senator to resign. The group finds an issue with the fact Chase attended and spoke at a pre-Trump rally Wednesday, a rally that eventually morphed into a deadly insurrection. They point to a section of the U.S. Constitution.
“That Constitution in the 14th amendment says you are ineligible to serve if you have supported an insurrection against the United States, and that’s what this is and frankly, I can’t just sit idly by and do nothing,” Senator John Bell said.
He led discussions with his party to call on Chase to step down.
“Senator Chase, I hope and pray that you’ll reflect and that you will do the right thing…Sometimes as leaders we make mistakes and we have to accept it. Own it and move on, and I ask that right now you do the right thing,” Bell said.
Chase argues that the rally she attended in the morning was peaceful and that she left as bigger crowds began to gather.
When it comes to her Facebook account, she had this to say: “I’m going to continue to speak the truth whether Facebook shuts me down or not.”
“As we all watched in shock and disbelief at the insurrection in Washington, DC, Senator and gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase was horrifyingly empowering a failed coup d’état. She galvanized domestic terrorists who violated the United States Capitol on Wednesday afternoon through riots, destruction, and desecration, joining them on their march to Capitol Hill.”
“For someone who defends herself and the insurrectionists she calls ‘patriots’ with the Constitution, she either willfully or unwittingly doesn’t understand what her sworn oath to defend it actually means. She has unequivocally committed insurrection, and the Fourteenth Amendment to that same Constitution charges us with the responsibility of holding her accountable.
“Senator Chase has not demonstrated either good judgment or leadership for Senate District 11 or the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is in the best interest for the Senate of Virginia and her constituents to resign.”
Senator Chase is a candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
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