Taking advantage of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new anti-social media censorship law, President Trump has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, demanding that a federal judge force the social media platform to reinstate his account.
In a detailed 38-page motion for preliminary injunction, filed in the Southern District of Florida on Friday, President Trump alleged that Twitter is being “coerced” into enacting the ban by members of Congress who were “operating under an unconstitutional immunity granted by a permissive federal statute, and acting directly with federal officials.”
The president’s legal team, which includes lawyers from power-house firms Vargas Gonzalez Baldwin Delombard, Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, and Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, also stated that Twitter was a “communication tool” of his presidency, and by being allowed to ban the President of the United States, they are exercising a “degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate.”
Expert constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz is quoted in the motion, concurring that President Trump’s right to speak freely was “seriously compromised” by Twitter’s ban, which also “curtailed” the rights of the American people to have access to his views. He adds that “censoring the 45th President of the United States, the leader of the Republican party, will have an adverse and unknowable effect on the 2022 elections.”
Also listed alongside President Trump as plaintiffs in the suit are the American Conservative Union, radio host Wayne Allyn Root, journalist Naomi Wolf, Miami-based travel agency owner Linda Cuadros, and a man named Dominick Latella.
Twitter banned President Trump’s famous ‘@RealDonaldTrump’ handle two days after the January 6th protests in the Capitol “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Twitter justified their unprecedented move to silence the leader of the free world by pointing to President Trump calling his supporters “American Patriots” and his statement announcing that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration, along with the rest of the country.