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Facebook suspends account of Virginia GOP state senator, gubernatorial candidate after Trump rally

"I will never quit or back down” - Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Amanda Chase

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Amanda Chase
Virginia GOP state Sen. Amanda Chase.
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Updated: January 11, 2021 - 9:26am

A Virginia state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate has also been suspended from posting on her Facebook account, after attending a rally at which President Trump spoke last week before demonstrators breached the U.S. Capitol Building.

The lawmaker, Amanda Chase, said she was banned Friday by Facebook from posting new content for 60 days. However, previously posted content will remain.

"Facebook continues to restrict free speech," Chase told supporters, according to DCist. "Because what I have to say does not fit their narrative, my 'Senator Amanda Chase' page has been silenced for 60 days."

Chase told supporters Wednesday night in a 16-minute video that she attended the rally and supports "peaceful protest. But I’m telling you when you back the people of Virginia and across the United States of America into a corner you wind up with a revolution."

She also said in a Facebook post: "Despite attempts by Facebook and the Virginia Democratic Party of Virginia to silence me both as a sitting senator and candidate for governor because of my outspoken support for President Donald J Trump, they will not deter my enthusiasm, commitment or passion to ensure the people of Virginia have a committed representative who they can trust and who will fight for them. I will never quit or back down.”