Undeniably, former President Donald Trump’s Twitter presence was a paradigm shift as far as campaign and presidential messaging is concerned. His tweets and their profound effects will be studied for decades to come.
That’s why it was such a bummer for both the former president and his tens of millions of supporters when the left-leaning, Big Tech social media platformed banned him earlier this year. As a result of that move, Trump is now reportedly moving forward in the court system to get his Twitter account reinstated, the Washington Examiner reports.
It was only a matter of time before the former president and his communications team took the next steps in attempting to compel Twitter to add him back to the platform after censoring him over a video he shared after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump and his attorneys will seek a preliminary injunction against the company through the U.S. District Court from the Southern District of Florida.
Not surprisingly, their arguments will be centered around the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protections, adding that Twitter has an “immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous” influence on U.S. politics and free speech, as witnessed over the course of the past five years or so.
“Defendant is liable for its own speech as well as its own actions. When Defendant works as a partner with the government to censor its Users’ First Amendment rights, Defendant is legally accountable for its deeds,” the filing said.
Trump’s attorneys added: “Defendant’s false statements posted on Plaintiff’s Twitter account are unfair trade and deceptive practices, as Users joined Twitter with the expectation that they would be treated fairly and without slander.”
Tearing into Twitter
The former president added that he believes Twitter — and other Big Tech social platforms — worked in concert with the Biden campaign and other Democrats, creating an unfair double standard for those who supported him or had conservative viewpoints.
“While government officials are permitted to express their, or the government’s, preferences about what a private company should or should not do, they cannot exert coercive pressure on private parties to censor the speech of others,” Trump’s filing read, referencing reports of the Biden admin working with Twitter behind closed doors.
In a previous lawsuit filed by Trump against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the former president demanded that the censoring and “shadow banning” of conservatives come to an end.
Of course, Facebook and Twitter have denied the allegations on several occasions, including during congressional hearings when the topic was broached.
At this point, with Twitter literally allowing terrorist leaders to remain on its platform, it’s time that the company allows a former president back on, and it’s ridiculous that Trump even has to spend a second in the court system to try and make it happen.