Many Democrats were elated in 2021 when then-President Donald Trump was summarily banned from all of the major social media platforms for ostensibly inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
That elation may soon devolve into despair, however, as reports indicate that the former president is working toward making a triumphant return to Facebook and Twitter in the near future, according to Breitbart.
Trump’s Twitter account was already restored in November 2022 by new CEO Elon Musk, though he has yet to use it again, and now Trump’s team is asking Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to similarly restore his old account on that massive platform more than two years after it was suspended.
Request for reinstatement
NBC News reported Wednesday morning that it had obtained a copy of a letter sent by the top attorney for former President Trump’s 2024 campaign to three top executives at Meta, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to petition for reinstatement of his old Facebook account.
The letter did not threaten Meta with a lawsuit, but rather simply requested a “meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”
Notably, Facebook had initially banned Trump indefinitely from the platform its independent Oversight Board had criticized the open-ended nature of that suspension and instead imposed a two-year limit on the ban that expired on Jan. 7 and triggered an internal discussion and review of whether the ban should be extended or if Trump’s account should be restored.
Meta declined to respond to requests for comment from NBC News about the letter from Trump’s campaign but did say generally that it “will announce a decision in the coming weeks in line with the process we laid out.”
Ban silences Trump’s political voice
Fox News also obtained and published a copy of the letter from Trump 2024 General Counsel Scott Gast that was addressed to Zuckerberg as well as Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg and Meta Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan.
The letter cited recent public remarks from Clegg in which he said, “We believe that any private company — and this is really regardless of one’s personal views about Donald Trump — should tread with great thoughtfulness when seeking to, basically, silence political voices.”
“We agree,” Gast wrote and proceeded to note that the former president was a declared candidate for 2024 who is widely viewed as a top contender for his party’s nomination for the presidency.
“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” the attorney continued. “We also believe that a continued ban would basically constitute, in the words of Mr. Clegg, a deliberate effort by a private company to silence Mr. Trump’s political voice. Moreover, every day that President Trump’s political voice remains silenced furthers an inappropriate interference in the American political and election process.”
“At a time when the United States faces critical issues that impact its citizens and the world, and at a time when the country begins the process of choosing its next president, we believe that Meta should be encouraging a full and robust dialogue, not silencing presidential candidates,” Gast concluded. “We therefore write to request a meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”
“They need us more than we need them”
Fox News also reported that former President Trump himself confirmed in an exclusive interview that the letter requesting his reinstatement on Facebook had been sent. He further asserted that Facebook had “lost $700 billion since I was de-platformed” and that “It has been considered a major business mistake for them, Twitter, and others” to ban his previously hugely popular and highly-engaged accounts.
“If they took us back, it would help them greatly, and that’s okay with me. But they need us more than we need them,” Trump added. “We are talking to them, and we’ll see how it all works out.”