President Donald Trump announced Wednesday during a press conference at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that he will be leading a class-action lawsuit with American First Policy Institute against Twitter, Facebook, Google, and their CEOs.
“I stand before you this morning to announce a very important… development for our freedom and freedom of speech … In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing, as the lead class action representative, a major class action lawsuit against the Big Tech giants, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as well as their CEOs,” said Trump, unveiling legal action against companies who have censored him and his supporters.
The lawsuit will be filed in Florida by the America First Policy Institute, a non-profit focused on aiding Trump’s legal efforts, to protect freedom of speech for every American.
President Trump said the lawsuit is asking the “U.S. District Court to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal censorship of the American people,” and demanding an end to shadow banning, silencing, blacklisting, and banishing. The case intends to “prove this censorship is unlawful, unconstitutional, and completely un-American,” said Trump. “We’re asking the court to impose punitive damages on these social media giants.”
“There is no better evidence that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they banned the sitting president of the United States earlier this year … If they can do it to me they can do it to anyone,” he continued.
In the past year, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have permanently banned Trump from using their platforms. Trump supporters and conservative news outlets alike, including RSBN, have also experienced routine censorship for airing Trump rallies and freely expressing support for the 45th president.
“President Trump often remarked that if Big Tech is out to get him, it’s because they’re out to get the American people — and he was just standing in the way,” said Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of AFPI. “The actions of the Big Tech firms we’re taking to court illustrate the point perfectly. What they’ve done, what they’ve wrought in the past few years staggers the imagination. ALL Americans need Donald Trump to win — not for what it will mean for him, but for what it will mean for every American man, woman, and child.”
AFPI’s Pam Bondi added that this lawsuit isn’t only for conservatives but for every American voice that has been wrongly censored.
“This isn’t just for conservatives, this is for our media… this is for Democrats and even progressives whose speech should be protected under the First Amendment,” Bondi said.
Trump, who has long-vowed to combat online political censorship, said that these companies have targeted and censored conservatives for too long. Now, he is taking legal action to restore the First Amendment on behalf of the American people.