(ConservativeSense.com) – On Wednesday, Former President Donald Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview that Facebook “needs us more than we need them.” Despite this, he is working on setting up a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg before the 2024 election to discuss reinstating his account.
During the interview, Trump said that since he was removed from the platform, Facebook “lost $700 billion,” a substantial amount. He called the decision “a major business mistake” for every social media platform that banned him. Following the Jan. 6th riots at the Capitol in 2021, Trump was banned from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.
Trump was recently reinstated on Twitter by Elon Musk last November, although he has yet to post anything since his return, holding to his initial position that he doesn’t want to return to Twitter even if the ban was lifted. Trump has remained loyal to the new platform he founded, Truth Social, saying it is “through the roof” and using it consistently to communicate with his supporters since being banned everywhere else.
Although he has no interest in returning to Twitter, Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said Facebook is critical for the campaign, specifically for advertising and fundraising to reach voters. Cheung emphasized the importance of free speech as “an essential part of democracy” and that Trump “must be allowed to speak directly to the American people” in order to cast their ballots fully informed about his vision.
Cheung said that Facebook played an important role in Trump’s 2016 election data operation, “bypassing traditional media outlets” to “galvanize” Trump’s voters.
Trump announced his 2024 presidential run last November and is considered the prospective GOP nominee, although some feel he may have a serious rival to contend with if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis enters the race. Trump has already taken some shots at the Florida governor, clearly seeing him as a potential rival in 2024.
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