by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 15, 2022) — In a 6+-minute video released between 2:00 and 3:00 PM EST Thursday on TruthSocial, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump said that once he is “inaugurated,” he will issue executive orders and work with Congress to restore freedom of speech.
On November 15, Trump announced he will again seek the presidency in 2024.
“If we don’t have free speech, then we just don’t have a free country,” he began his announcement. “It’s as simple as that. If this most fundamental right is allowed to perish, then the rest of our rights and liberties will topple, just like dominoes; one by one they’ll go down.”
“That’s why today I’m announcing my plan to shatter the left-wing censorship regime and to reclaim the right to free speech for all Americans…” he continued. “In recent weeks, bombshell reports have confirmed that a sinister group of Deep-State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American people.”
“Vital information,” he said, “on everything from elections to public health,” was kept from the public after the aforementioned entities “collaborated.”
“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed, and it must happen immediately,” he said.
“Within hours of my inauguration,” he continued, “I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business or person to censor, limit, categorize or impede the lawful speech of American citizens. I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as mis- or disinformation, and I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship, directly or indirectly…”
He will direct the Justice Department, he said, to prosecute any violators of federal laws which might have been violated by censorship, including “federal civil rights law, campaign finance laws, federal election law, securities law and anti-trust laws, the Hatch Act, and a host of other potential criminal, civil, regulatory and constitutional offenses.”
He then called upon “House Republicans to immediately send preservation letters…to the Biden administration, the Biden campaign, and every Silicon Valley tech giant ordering them not to destroy evidence of censorship.”
Republicans will gain control of the House on January 3 as a result of the 2022 midterm elections.
Beginning on December 2, Elon Musk, who acquired Twitter in a $44 billion buyout in late October, authorized the release of internal messages exchanged among Twitter executives in which they justified decreasing the “visibility” of some accounts and completely shuddering others, including Trump’s, on January 8, 2021.
Several weeks ago, Musk restored Trump’s account, although Trump has chosen to use his TruthSocial platform exclusively to share his observations.
The social-media site Gab.com reposts all of Trump’s “tweets.”