Donald Trump filed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google Wednesday, accusing companies of violating the First Amendment rights of their conservatives and others. But the victory of these trials seems to be close to the point for Trump.
Legal experts say they are frivolous cases that can be thrown out of court, but Trump is already using them as a way to raise funds from supporters. Clothes are also a convenient distraction from the ongoing investigation by New York State into his company’s alleged tax fraud, which has been Trump’s main story in the news lately.
It’s not the first time Trump has used this tactic. During his presidency, Trump repeatedly attacked technology companies – despite the fact that he profited enormously from their reach on social media platforms such as Twitter – by making unfounded claims that these companies have anti-conservative prejudice. And even if their attempts to penalize the technology industry with non-enforceable executive orders, fake “technology summits”, and vague threats they have never seriously interfered with the ability of Facebook, Google, or Twitter to run their businesses, these efforts have served Trump well politically. He garnered support among his followers, raised money, and dominated the titles as crusaders against a liberal Silicon Valley. These new legal processes do not seem to be different.
At a press conference announcing the trials, a representative for the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit Trump prosecutor presenting the trials on behalf of the former president, encouraged anyone interested in joining Trump in their trials class action to subscribe to a website. But if you go to this site, takeonbigtech.com, stems from a promotional video that connects only to an option to donate money to the First America Political Institute – and doesn’t offer a clear way to sign up to the cause.
Shortly after announcing the trials, Trump began sending “news alert” campaign text messages directly to his followers asking them to donate to in his Save America PAC.
The text message to his followers read, in part, according to a New York Times reporter who posted it on Twitter:
“Pres Trump: SUY Facebook and Twitter for UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP. For a short time, 5x-IMPACT on all gifts! Donate NOW” – and it’s linked to a website that brings donations to the Save America CAP.
In addition to fundraising opportunities, starting a new fight against Big Tech gives Trump supporters something else to look beyond the headlines about how New York State prosecutors accused the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg earlier this month for tax fraud. Prosecutors say the Weisselberg-Trump company did not pay taxes on $ 1.7 million in indirect employee compensation. The whole case is part of a larger investigation into the former president’s society; the investigation is expected to expand, becoming potentially more harmful to Trump.
In the past, Trump has often turned Facebook, Twitter, and Google into liars for allegedly displaying anti-conservative prejudices – but often these claims have served to distract him from larger political issues. These frequent accusations also seem to put pressure on tech companies, which often did not abide by their anti-Trump rules until the last days of his presidency, when he was banned from inciting violence before the uprising. the Captain of the 6th of January.
Now that Trump is out of office and receives significantly less average attention, it is unclear whether or not he will be able to support this latest advertising crusade against the tech giants. But there’s no doubt that at least for now, these lawsuits will serve as a welcome break from news of Trump’s legal business in tax matters and also a first opportunity to raise some money.