Twitter permanently shut down Trump’s account on January 9, the day after the storming of the Capitol. “Following a thorough review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding it, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter wrote at the time.
Trump claims in the case that Twitter has a degree of power and control over politics in America that is “immeasurable, historically unprecedented and extremely dangerous to open democratic debate.”
Twitter was an important platform for Trump to communicate with his supporters. The former president also claims that Twitter only blocked him because “his political enemies exerted pressure in Congress.”
Trump has asked the Florida judge to temporarily force Twitter to allow him access again while another lawsuit is pending. In July, he took Facebook, Google and Twitter to court in a free speech case.
Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit to Bloomberg, and Trump representatives could not be reached for comment.
Trump has lived in Florida since the end of his presidency. This is what his life has looked like since then: