Originally published in Charisma News
In a potentially history-making announcement, President Donald J Trump, speaking from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, spoke to reporters about a major class- action lawsuit against big tech giants Twitter, Google and YouTube as well as their top executives in a live press conference yesterday.
“Our freedom is given to us not from government, but by God. Nobody should take that right away. From the beginning of our nation, freedom of speech has been the bedrock of our nation,” Trump said, while disclosing that In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, he is filing as the lead class action representative in the lawsuit.
Conservative and Christian speech has long been under attack from the social media giants, and calls for action against them have been growing.
Social media companies have long claimed exemption from responsibility due to the legal designation of Section 230, which states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This designation has shielded tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter in their moves to censor opposing viewpoints on topics ranging from politics and public health to views on sexuality.
Trump made the case in his announcement that Section 230 changes the designation of said companies to something other than “private companies.” He contends that the companies are operating as an extension of big government and must be reined in.
This may be one of the biggest lawsuits of our generation, with implications on how cultural discourse does or does not happen.
Trump, who pulled no punches in his announcement, said, “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.”
“The Founding Fathers inscribed this right [freedom of speech] in the very first amendment to our constitution because they knew that free speech is essential to the … preservation of our republic,” Trump said.
“George Washington, he will not be canceled: ‘If freedom of speech may be taken away, then dumb and silent, we may be led like sheep to the slaughter,'” Trump said, quoting the nation’s first president.
The former president introduced key participants in the class-action suit, anticipated to be joined by tens of thousands, each of whom had a specific story of how they had been banned by one of the various platforms for such arcane issues as putting together a pandemic proposal or posting a simple opinion about current events.
Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, joined in introducing the new website, takeonbigtech.com, where anyone can join the lawsuit filed with the president’s new organisation, the America First Policy Institute.
Stephen Strang, bestselling author of God and Cancel Culture, writes in God, Trump and the 2020 Election: “I am passionate about seeing America pivot and return to more traditional values based on the Bible,” reminiscent of Exodus 23:7a, “Keep far away from a false charge.”
This meshes with the president’s final words: “Hamas has a site; the greatest killers in the world have sites; but the president of the United States is banned.” With his announcement, he answered the question many have had as to his intentions regarding his famous online presence, with all indications he will be forcing the various platforms to restore his over 100 million followers rather than starting a new platform. Those present watched the media-savvy former president go on the offensive once again, calling forth the biblical foundations that formed America, much to their delight.