Trump Asks Trump To Reinstate Him On Twitter

( Former President Donald Trump is turning to the federal court system to get his Twitter account back.

The former president is hoping a federal judge will force the social media giant to reinstate his account and let him tweet to his massive number of followers once again.

On Friday, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Trump filed a preliminary injunction. The filing is asking the judge to temporarily reinstate his account, @realDonaldTrump, on Twitter. He’s seeking this preliminary injunction as he continues to fight the permanent ban placed upon him by Twitter.

Trump’s argument is that he’s likely to win the case in federal court once it’s heard. In that case, he’s arguing that the social media giant violated his First Amendment right to free speech. He also says they have violated two Florida state laws — a new anti-deplatforming law, and its deceptive and unfair trade practices law.

In his recent filing in court, the former president is arguing that not being granted a preliminary injunction would cause irreparable harm to both him and his more than 88 million followers on Twitter. While he is banned from the platform, his followers can’t receive any messages from Trump or comment on previous messages.

He is also claiming his ban from Twitter would continue to cause irreparable harm to him as a politician and to the overall Republican Party.

As the court filing explains:

“[By] de-platforming the presumptive head and most popular member of the Republican Party, cutting him off from the most effective and direct forms of communication with potential voters, [Twitter] is threatening irreparable damage to the Republican Party’s prospects in the 2022 and 2024 elections.”

The former president also argues that being banned from Twitter could cause him to lose the ability to endorse political candidates in local elections and the upcoming 2022 midterms. It could also cause him to lose merchandising and donor platforms that he uses.

Twitter didn’t comment on Trump’s most recent filing.

On January 8, Twitter ultimately banned Trump permanently from its social media platform. That was only two days after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building by people who were in support of the then-president.

They left a rally for Trump called the “Stop the Steal” rally, and then stormed the Capitol building as members of Congress were certifying the Electoral College vote that elected Democrat Joe Biden president.

The reasoning Twitter gave for doing so was that Trump could further incite violence after they claimed he did so on January 6. They cited two tweets from the then-president that said people who voted for him would “not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” and he wouldn’t attend the inauguration for Biden.

Twitter said both of those messages violated their policy on glorification of violence.

In response, Trump has filed class action lawsuits against Facebook, Google and Twitter in July for violating his rights under the First Amendment. All three of those platforms imposed bans on him.