Senator Bernie Sanders has revealed he’s not “comfortable” with former President Donald Trump’s permanent Twitter ban. Crossing the political divide, Sanders argued that removing Trump from the platform could result in a slippery slope of censoring political figures across social media. The New York Post reports that Sanders asserted his claims following Trump’s announcement to make a grand re-entry into the world of social media on what his advisor, Jason Miller, told Fox News, would be his “own platform.”
Sanders told The New York Times, “Look, you have a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad news guy.” Sanders continued, “But if you’re asking me do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.”
The Vermont senator went on to add that while Twitter shouldn’t be utilized for inciting “insurrection,” he clarified, “tomorrow it could be somebody else [getting banned] who has a very different point of view.”
Trump plans to launch his very own social media platform
As the Independent reports, that although, during his presidency, and especially during the campaign and election against Biden, Trump’s presence on the social media platform was in peril, it wasn’t until the Capitol riots on January 6, that the social media giant made the decision to permanently ban Trump from Twitter, claiming his membership posed a “risk of further incitement of violence.”
In the wake of his Twitter ban earlier this year, the former president didn’t just lose his favorite soapbox, he was also removed from several other prominent social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, the Daily Mail reports.
Speaking to Fox News, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Jason Miller, revealed the former president plans to set up “an alternative social media platform that would completely redefine the game” and in turn attract “tens of millions of new users.”
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