Sen. Bernie Sanders Not ‘Particularly Comfortable’ With Trump Twitter Ban
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill examining wages at large profitable corporations February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Wednesday, 24 March 2021 07:25 AM
Sen. Bernie Sanders is by no means a fan of former President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he feels “particularly comfortable” with Twitter’s decision to permanently ban him from the social media platform.
“Look, you have a former president in Trump who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law,” the Vermont independent lawmaker told the New York Times podcast “The Ezra Klein Show.” “This is a bad news guy. But if you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the president, the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about it.”
It may well be that Trump doesn’t even want to return to Twitter, which at first suspended his account and then slapped him with a permanent ban in January in the wake of the violence at the Capitol, reports Politico.
Trump has reportedly told people close to him that he is finished with the social media site that he used frequently over the years, with one source who has been in regular contact with the former president saying there is “not a chance in hell he gets back on Twitter.”
“He gave them his business, made it the premier app for news, debates, and gossip during his presidency and in the end, they said ‘Sayonara,'” the unnamed source said. “So no, he has zero interest in rejoining.”
Meanwhile, one of his advisers, Jason Miller, told Fox News that Trump is “two or three months” from launching his own social network, claiming it will be “the hottest ticket in social media” and that it will “completely redefine the game.”
People close to Trump told Politico that he is now taking more pleasure in gaining attention through issuing press statements, and the former president told Newsmax TV Monday that “everybody’s waiting, and I think I’m getting better and more coverage with that than I did with tweeting. I like this better than Twitter. Actually, they did us a favor. This is better.”