Marjorie Taylor Greene positions herself as Trump’s vice president for 2024
Donald Trump will see his Facebook and Instagram accounts reinstated in the coming weeks by parent company Meta after a two-year ban.
Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, said there will be new built-in guardrails to limit the distribution of posts that don’t explicitly break the rules.
It’s unclear if the former president plans to use the accounts once they’re reinstated, but he responded with a message from Truth Social mocking the company.
The news comes after Mr Trump hosted conservative influencers from the ‘Libs of TikTok’ and Babylon Bee at Mar-a-Lago.
NBC News reports that it’s part of a charm offensive by the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, whose campaign has its first event this weekend in South Carolina.
Earlier this week, Mr Trump came to the defense of Mike Pence after it emerged that classified documents had been found in the former Indiana vice president’s home.
Mr Trump called Mr Pence an “innocent man” and urged people to “leave him alone”.
This is a marked difference from his response to the discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington and in an office he used in Washington DC.
Even after missing a full day, Trump somehow wins a golf tournament
Golf-loving former US President Donald Trump picked up another win in a competitive tournament at one of his clubs in Florida – despite missing the first day of the weekend event .
He announced his Senior Club Championship win at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida on his Truth Social social media platform.
Weird that on the Saturday of the tournament, he went to a memorial service two states away…
Maroosha Muzaffar to the story.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 04:15
ICYMI: Trump wonders why no one on Georgia’s infamous election call said he acted inappropriately
Donald Trump released a potentially revealing statement on Truth Social as news broke on Tuesday that authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, are set to make a decision on charges against several members of his inner circle – including potentially Mr. Trump himself.
The ex-president, out of nowhere, made his now infamous January 2, 2021 appeal to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he instructed the state’s chief election officer to ‘find’ more than 11 000 votes he would have needed to overtake Joe Biden. total as is.
John Bowden has the details.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 3:15 a.m.
Everything old is new: Classified documents have been a problem dating back to the Carter administration
At least three presidents. A vice president, a secretary of state, an attorney general. The mishandling of classified documents is not a problem unique to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 2:15 a.m.
Voices: Why Pence’s documents cloud GOP attacks on Biden
The Independentit is Eric Garcia explains how the narrative the Republicans were developing was suddenly thrown into disarray.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 1:15 a.m.
What you need to know about the classified Trump, Biden and Pence documents
Classified documents continue to appear where they shouldn’t.
The discovery of classified documents at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Indiana follows the revelation of classified documents at the home and former office of President Joe Biden in Delaware – and the seizure of the last year of hundreds of classified marked documents from Mar-a-Lago, the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump.
A look at the similarities and differences between the different situations:
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 12:15 a.m.
Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s barrage of racist attacks on her
For months, Donald Trump unleashed a series of thinly veiled racist comments about his former transportation secretary, the wife of his party’s Senate leader, to the relative silence of other GOP officials.
Days after her latest abuse, Elaine Chao issued a rare rebuke to the former president amid growing reports of anti-Asian hatred and shocking acts of violence affecting Asian American communities.
“When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation,” she said in a statement to Politico. “He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian Americans.”
Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 11:30 p.m.
ACLU responds to Meta’s decision
Anthony D Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement that Meta made “the right call” to reinstate the former president on its platforms.
“Like it or not, President Trump is one of the leading political figures in the country and the public has every interest in hearing his speech,” he said in a statement. “Indeed, some of Trump’s most offensive social media posts have ended up being vital evidence in the lawsuits against him and his administration. And we should know – we’ve filed over 400 lawsuits against him.
He said that while the government cannot force platforms to broadcast certain speeches, “that does not mean that the biggest platforms should engage in political censorship.”
“The biggest social media companies are central players when it comes to our collective ability to speak – and hear the speech of others – online. They should err on the side of allowing a wide range of political speech, even when it offends,” he added.
“In a healthier news ecosystem, the decisions of a single company would not have such immense political significance, and we hope new platforms will emerge to challenge the hegemony of the social media giants,” said Mr. Romero. “In the meantime, we will continue to press the tech giants to be fair and unbiased stewards of our political discourse.”
Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 11:21 p.m.
‘Ridiculous joke’: Critics react to Meta’s decision on Trump accounts
Predictably, there was an outpouring of negative responses to the news that Meta was reinstating the former president after banishing him two years ago.
Graig Graziosi reports reaction to the ad.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 10:55 p.m.
Read Meta’s statement in full
Facebook parent company Meta has announced that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated on Facebook and Instagram, ending the banning of his accounts following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for Meta, released a statement on the company’s website Wednesday evening. Read his statement in full:
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 10:47 p.m.
Trump mocks Meta in response to decision to reinstate him on Facebook
Donald Trump reacted to news of Meta’s decision to reinstate his Facebook and Instagram accounts by posting on Truth Social, his own platform set up following his ban from mainstream social media.
The former president wrote:
FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in value since it “deplatformed” your favorite president, me, just announced that it is reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting president, or anyone else who does not deserve retaliation! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS EXCEPTIONAL, AND THE FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!
Mr. Trump has 4.84 million followers on Truth Social, while he had an audience of around 34 million on Facebook and 23 million on Instagram.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 10:34 p.m.