It’s not all about me — or the money.
Former President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that his planned new social media company is an altruistic effort to give a voice to his supporters who have been “silenced by Big Tech” — not a big-bucks scam to raise quick cash.
“This is about saving our country. America has always been a nation of smart, spirited, and independent people who take pride in thinking for themselves,” Trump said in an uncharacteristically lengthy and in-depth statement.
“We have fallen far down the “slippery slope” of censorship in our country, and the topics that Americans are increasingly forbidden to debate are among the most important issues of our day,” the ex-president added.
Trump announced the creation of the Trump Media & Technology Group last week, saying it would launch a new social media platform as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook, which banned him for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The new company also claims it will launch on-demand video streaming, cloud computing and payments services that will somehow take on Big Tech behemoths Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
The new venture, created through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp., seeks to become a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2022.
Shares of Digital World Acquisition quadrupled in value after the deal was first announced, even though there’s a long way to go before the deal gets finalized and the venture becomes a bona fide media outlet.
Trump did not address any of those concerns in his statement, or his long history of doomed business launches like Trump Steaks, Trump University and his Atlantic City casinos that left a trail of bad debts and bankrupt companies.
The former president blasted Big Tech as a “small group of self-righteous scolds and self-appointed arbiters of what everyone else is allowed to think, say, share, and do.”
He claimed that social media policies aimed at combating his election lies and anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories are actually efforts at liberal groupthink.
“How many millions of Americans silently oppose so much of the nonsense being inflicted on us, but see the heavy hand of the cancelers, and conclude that their voice can make no difference?” the twice impeached one-term former president asked.
Trump said that he “realized” that only he has the wealth and power to challenge what he calls the self-serving monopoly of Big Tech.
“I might be the only person in America with the megaphone, the resources, the experience, and the desire to make it all happen,” he said. “I am determined to break their chokehold over the voices of the American People—not just for myself and my own supporters, but for the United States of America!”
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