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Trump says ban from Twitter ‘damaged the integrity’ of U.S. elections

January 11, 2022, 5:53 PM UTC

Former President Donald Trump claimed Twitter Inc. “damaged the integrity” of the U.S. election system by banning him from its social-media platform for stoking last year’s insurrection.

Trump, permanently suspended from Twitter after a mob of his supporters raided the U.S. Capitol to prevent the certification of Joe Biden as winner of the 2020 presidential election, is seeking a court order forcing the company to allow him to resume his tweets while he pursues his legal fight for permanent reinstatement to the platform.

In a court filing Monday night, Trump argued Twitter is undermining democracy by preventing his millions of followers from hearing what he has to say before the midterm elections. The filing supplemented Trump’s initial request for an injunction in October, before the suit was moved from Florida, where he lives, to California, where Twitter is based.

“Mr. Trump’s injuries are not only ongoing, but worsening, because they flow from the silencing of Mr. Trump’s political speech as the presumptive head of the Republican party at a time when the nation is drawing ever-closer to the 2022 elections,” his attorney, Richard Lawson, said in the filing.

Trump, who is weighing a 2024 run to return to the White House, continues to falsely claim that the election was stolen.

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