Former President Donald Trump on Sunday said Twitter and Facebook’s “work with Democrats” should be considered a “campaign contribution,” while continuing to accuse the social media companies of illegally censuring conservative voices.
Speaking on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo, Trump accused the social media companies of violating the Constitution while attempting to silence him and his Republican supporters.
“They work with Democrats within government and, frankly, outside of government. They work with the Democrats,” Trump said of Twitter, Facebook and others, adding that: “It should be a campaign contribution, the largest ever made.”
Trump went on to express optimism that a recent series of legal action lawsuits he filed against the social media companies will represent a constitutional victory for free speech.
The former president announced the lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google, along with their respective CEOs on Wednesday. The move comes after each company removed or banned Trump’s content following concerns that he could spur additional violence after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and remains suspended by Facebook until at least 2023, and by Google-owned YouTube until the company determines that his content no longer poses a safety threat.
Speaking on Fox News Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo,’ former President Donald Trump accused the social media companies of violating the Constitution while attempting to silence him and his Republican supporters. In this pic, he looks on during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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The class action lawsuits argue that banning or suspending Trump and others is a violation of the First Amendment, despite the fact that the companies are private. All three lawsuits ask the court to award unspecified damages, declare the actions unconstitutional, and restore Trump’s accounts.
Though legal experts have largely predicted Trump’s lawsuits will fail in court, the former president rejected that claim on Sunday, instead stating that “a lot of legal scholars are saying it’s about time.”
Trump added Sunday that while the Silicon Valley tech companies appear to be “immune to so many different things, they’re not immune from the lawsuit,” Politico reported.
“What they have done is such a violation of the Constitution,” he said Sunday, adding “a violation like we’ve never seen before. They take me down, they take all conservative voices down or most of them. They find them and they take them down. It’s a disgrace.”
The former president on Sunday also continued to push the false narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud, and said the rally on January 6 was full of “peaceful” and “great” people.
“There was such love that rally, you had over a million people,” he said, exaggerating the crowd figures from the gathering on January 6 that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
Five people died and dozens more were injured as a result of the violence.
Later on Sunday, Trump is slated to close the weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas by delivering the event’s headliner speech at 3:30 p.m.
Newsweek contacted representatives for Trump for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.