Former President Donald Trump delivered a lengthy speech similar to a rally before the North Carolina Republican Party on Saturday, and while much of it played out as an extended version of his greatest successes, he also addressed Facebook’s decision to suspend his counts for another two years prior. your decision is reevaluated.
“They say they can let me go back in two years. I’m not very interested in that, ”Trump said. “They may allow me to return in two years. We have to stop that. We cannot let it happen. Very unfair. They are closing down a whole group of people. Not only me. They are dulling the voice of a much more powerful and much larger group. “
Trump also went after Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, suggesting that Zuckerberg’s support of efforts to get the vote was somehow a crime.
Facebook says Donald Trump will remain suspended until at least January 2023
“You know, he used to come to the White House,” Trump said. “He was calling me, ‘Could I have dinner with you, sir?’ Sure. Can I bring my wife? Oh absolutely. In fact, he walked into the office one day in front of numerous people. Congratulations sir. Why? You are number one on Facebook. … We had a good dinner. The day I went out it got pretty, well, ‘I guess it’s human nature.’ But we cannot allow our country to be governed by that kind of human nature, can we? Zuckerberg, another beauty “.
Facebook announced on Friday that it would suspend Trump’s account until at least January 2023, when its decision will be reevaluated. Although Trump continues to have tremendous influence in the Republican party, shown at dinner Saturday night, his suspension from major tech platforms has diminished his daily voice to the general public. A recent effort by his office to establish a blog by the former president collapsed in less than a month, while the spokesman said other plans are in the works.
In stark contrast to the way Trump was treated when he was in office, major news networks gave the speech limited coverage while it was being delivered. CNN and MSNBC made reports on the address, which lasted about 90 minutes, but Fox News stuck with regular programming. His transport was on C-SPAN and Newsmax along with other platforms on the right.
The speech itself was full of distortions and falsehoods, as well as his replay of “the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. He called the election “by far the most corrupt election in our country’s history.” . Trump’s efforts to promote the unfounded election claims are at the center of the tech platforms’ decision to suspend their accounts following the January 6 insurrection.
Trump appeared to be pinning his hopes on an election audit in Arizona and potentially other states as exposing voter fraud, but those ballot counts are being carried out by his own supporters with serious doubts about their veracity. Other parts of the speech were directed at Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and New York prosecutors who are investigating their dealings.
“Remember, it is not I who is trying to undermine American democracy,” Trump told the crowd. “I am the one who is trying to save him. Please remember that. ”Reporters noted that while the crowd applauded him at various points, they cheered less as he discussed the progress of the vaccine.
The main news of the speech was the announcement by Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, now a Fox News contributor, that she would not run for the North Carolina Senate. Instead, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC).
Trump has not said whether he will run in 2024, although he is thinking about it. C-SPAN carried the speech under its slogan “2024”.