After Twitter permanently banned him following the Capitol Hill riots, former US President Donald Trump is planning to make a return to social media, but this time with his own platform.
Trump’s senior advisor Jason Miller told a US news channel that the former US president would make his return to social media in two to three months. “I do think we will be seeing Trump returning to social media with his own platform in two to three months. I think it will redefine the game. Everybody is going to be waiting and watching what he does,” said Miller.
On January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol Hill in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 US presidential election. The mob disrupted the joint session of the US Congress to formalize President Joe Biden’s victory. The attack led to the killing of five people, and nearly 140 were injured.
Trump kept repeating false claims that Biden “stole” the US election from him. Hours before the Capitol siege, Trump once again repeated the false claims at a “Save America” rally and told his supporters that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore”. Following this, his supporters marched towards Capitol Hill and stormed the building. People inside the building were immediately evacuated. The rioters looted and vandalized several offices including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in Capitol Hill.
Following the “failed insurrection”, Trump was either temporarily or permanently banned from social media platforms and many businesses cut ties with him. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) characterized the incident as domestic terrorism, and nearly 300 people are charged with federal crimes. The House of Representatives impeached Trump for his role in the Capitol Hill riots, making him the only US President to be impeached twice.
After being banned from social media, Trump had promised that he would return with his own platform. Now, he is set to fulfill that promise.