Donald Trump drew a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas. The audience applauded the former president for launching a class action lawsuit against Silicon Valley giants, prompting YouTube to censor a video of his speech on July 11.
Despite negative mainstream media reports, Trump continues to be a political figure with a strong foothold in the Republican Party and among working-class Americans.
For more than 1.5 hours, the former president discussed principles led him to win the election including securing the border, law and order, fighting the advance of socialism, and restoring traditional American values. He also revealed he wants to dismantle the Big Tech monopoly.
Trump reminisced about a time before social networks emerged and the media went completely virtual. He recalled decisive debates took place, with each side presenting different points of view that Americans listened to and used to decide who to vote for.
Unfortunately, this changed with the advance of technology that let three major companies to dominate the online platform.
“The time has come to break up Big Tech monopolies and restore fair competition,” said Trump who received a standing ovation. “If Republicans can be censored for speaking the truth and calling out corruption, we will not have democracy and will only have left-wing tyranny.”
“To protect the constitutional rights and liberties of every citizen this week I filed a major class action,” he added. “A lot of people are joining.”
The former president called on conservatives and Republicans to establish their own online platforms. He also proposed ending legislative immunity the U.S. Code Section 230 extends to social networks that prevents them from being sued for censoring users.
“If the federal government refuses to act, then every state in the union … Big Tech giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook should be punished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservatives’s voices,” he said.
Florida and Texas recently passed laws to give users, including campaigning politicians who are censored on social networks, the ability to seek damages and report them to state authorities that can impose financial penalties.
Organizations representing Silicon Valley giants successfully lobbied a federal judge to temporarily suspended such rules in Florida. The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to appeal the suspension.
‘Leads to communism’
Trump believes censoring social media, and the Democratic leadership advancing progressive policies in U.S. Congress, will ultimately end in communism. He called on Republican leaders to fight back against the radical, socialist agenda of the “Washington D.C. Establishment.”
“For the next four years the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the Radical Democrats, the fake news media, and their toxic cancel culture,” he said.
“We will be united and strong like never before, we will save and strengthen America,” he added. “We will fight the onslaught [of] radicalism, socialism, and indeed it all leads to communism, once it for all–that is what it leads to,” the former president added.
Trump defied all predictions that claimed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, and ascended to presidency with 63 million votes.
In the November 2020 election Trump won almost 75 million votes, representing 19 percent more than the previous election.
Although he managed to win all seats he endorsed in the U.S. House and Senate, he still lost presidency. The former president maintains massive fraud removed him from power.
Trump is also concerned about well-documented evidence, irregularities, and prosecutors making last-minute changes to voting regulations shortly before the election without waiting for state legislatures to act. However, all judicial efforts to address these matters were dissolved at a federal court-level.
When the appeal reached its final point, U.S. Supreme Court justices decided against examining the evidence. This amounted to rejecting the Trump administration’s allegations.
In his speech at CPAC, Trump speculated conservative majority justices refused to investigate because the Democrats threatened to pack the court with liberal judges. This would have given the Democratic Party more favorable rulings that appease the “Washington D.C. Establishment.”