Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE said on Sunday that tech companies that banned him from social media platforms are “not immune” from his lawsuit against them.
During a telephone interview on Fox News, Trump told host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate MORE on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the reason why he’s joining a class-action lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google is to fight for his freedom of speech.
“[T]hey're taking away your freedom of speech. They are taking away your right to speak. They're taking away everything. And they get powers. They have a Section 230, it's called, and that gives them immunity. That gives them protection,” Trump told Bartiromo.
Trump reiterated his notion that tech companies censored conservatives and that banning him from those platforms was a violation of the Constitution.
“I mean, they -- they're immune from so many different things. But they're not immune from this lawsuit, because what they have done is such a violation of the Constitution, a violation like we have never seen before. You look at -- they take me down,” Trump said. “They take all conservative voices down, or most of them. If they find them, they take them down.”
Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter, called the social media platforms’ recent moves “sick motivation.”
“Well, the motivation is a sick motivation, Trump said. “And, when you look at it, they allow Hamas. They allow countries and dictators that want to destroy everything and everybody and that are doing tremendous harm to their countries, killing people by the thousands. They're allowed.”
“But a president of the United States that has a following like nobody's seen before, we're not allowed to do that. And so we have to use other methods, until this lawsuit is -- it's going to wind its way through the courts. I think it's going to be very successful.”
Trump announced on Wednesday that he filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their respective CEOs over allegations of censorship.