Former President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented effort from Big Tech to silence him. He’s angry about it, but not for the reason most would think.
Trump is suing tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the way they targeted the former president, warning that “if they can do it to me, they can do it to you,” the Daily Caller reported. An opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal delved into his legal fight against Big Tech.
“One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people,” he began in his op-ed published Thursday. “This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional. To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it.
Trump wrote about the way platforms have been shielded from liability but typically would only censor truly dangerous speech. “In recent years, however, Big Tech platforms have become increasingly brazen and shameless in censoring and discriminating against ideas, information and people on social media—banning users, deplatforming organizations, and aggressively blocking the free flow of information on which our democracy depends,” the former GOP president charged.
He pointed out that these platforms no longer just remove posts that are violent, but rather they silence people as a way of “manipulating and controlling the political debate itself.” He spoke about the way everyday people were banned from the platform not for making threats but for holding the wrong opinions.
“Perhaps most egregious, in the weeks after the election, Big Tech blocked the social-media accounts of the sitting president,” Trump later continued. “If they can do it to me, they can do it to you—and believe me, they are,” he said if their power continues unchecked.
“This flagrant attack on free speech is doing terrible damage to our country,” Trump said. “That is why in conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I filed class-action lawsuits to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people. The suits seek damages to deter such behavior in the future and injunctions restoring my accounts,” he explained.
Trump also asserted the broader point of the legal action that goes beyond his own interests. “Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.”
These private companies have unchecked power to contorl the national conversation. The only way Americans will get this power back from them is through the legal system, and Trump is willing to be the pioneer to this done — just as he did so many times on other issues as president.