Former President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats, including former first lady Michelle Obama, for pressuring Facebook to ban him from the platform, thereby making it harder for him to run for president in 2024.
Trump filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook on Wednesday, alleging that the platform violated his and other users’ First Amendment rights by censoring content and indefinitely suspending his account. Trump argued that the ban came after Democratic lawmakers threatened to take away the immunity that social media companies enjoy, thereby coercing the companies into banning him and helping Democrats’ political campaigns.
Trump also took issue with a statement Obama issued the day after January’s U.S. Capitol attack, in which she said it was “time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior.” She added that the companies needed to “permanently ban this man from their platforms,” referring to Trump.
Her statement, according to the lawsuit, exemplifies the views of legislators who are making it “increasingly clear” that they want Trump and the “views and content” he espouses banned from Facebook.