Former President Donald Trump suffers from Twitter withdrawal. Having no viable way to get his fix since Twitter cut him off, Trump has turned to a federal judge to argue his case, hoping the legal system will force the company to let him tweet again (de preferably in capitals and with lots of exclamation points).
Trump filed a preliminary injunction Friday in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and asked the judge to have Twitter temporarily reinstate his @realDonaldTrump account while he fights against the company’s permanent ban in court. Former President argues he is likely to win his case, where he argues the Twitter ban violates the First Amendment, as well as Florida’s deceptive and unfair trade practice law and new anti-platform law.
In the court file, which you can find in full more than the edgeTrump argues that not granting the preliminary injunction – or letting him come back on social media – would cause him and his 88 million Twitter followers irreparable harm. This is apparently because his disciples are not authorized to receive his messages or to comment on them.
Additionally, the former president claims his prolonged absence on Twitter would cause irreparable harm to the Republican Party.
“[By] distort the alleged leader and most popular member of the Republican Party, cut him off from the most effective and direct forms of communication with potential voters, [Twitter] threatens to cause irreparable damage to the prospects of the Republican Party during the elections of 2022 and 2024 ”, indicates the file of the court.
But that’s not all. Trump is also apparently hurt as he could lose his donor and merchandising platforms and his ability to support local political candidates.
Enter a sad tune played on the world’s smallest violin. Twitter told Gizmodo it made no comment on the preliminary injunction on Saturday.
Twitter Trump banned on January 8, two days after provoking a crowd of his supporters to storm the United States Capitol and prevent President Joe Biden’s certification of victory. At the time, the company said there was a risk the tweets of the former president could incite more violence. Specifically, he said two of Trump’s tweets, in which he said people who voted for him “would not be disrespectful or treated unfairly in any way !!!” and that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration, violated his policy of glorifying violence.
Trump filed class actions against Twitter, Google and Facebook – all of which banned him from their platforms to some extent – in July for violating his First Amendment rights. As he was no longer welcome on mainstream social media sites, the former president in May launched a blog titled, From Donald J. Trump’s office. He shut it down a month later, with reports indicating that Trump was embarrassed by the lack of blog readers.
While it’s obvious Trump can’t wait to tweet again – and rage against the world – Twitter is a nicer place without him. I mean, it can still be a toxic swamp sometimes, but at least it has one less problem.