Trump Likens Himself to Galileo in Court Filing Regarding Twitter Ban

“But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true.”
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Lawyers representing former U.S. President Donald Trump have asked the U.S. appeals court to revive his lawsuit against Twitter which was thrown out earlier this year.

In a 96-page filing submitted to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, the argument claims that Twitter and the federal government are working to “suppress opinions and information about matters that Americans consider of vital interest” and that the ban from Twitter is “contrary to First Amendment principles deeply rooted in American history and law.”

The filing asks: “Can government officials use the power of their office to suppress speech they disagree with by threatening, demanding, and colluding with social media platforms to
remove ideas from the public square?”

 
 

It even goes so far as to compare the situation to that of astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was branded Galileo a heretic for his view that the Earth revolves around the sun.

“Most people once believed these to be crackpot ideas; many still do. But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true. The earth does revolve around the sun, and it was Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who dropped off a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

“Galileo spent his remaining days under house arrest for spreading heretical ideas, and thousands of dissidents today are arrested or killed by despotic governments eager to suppress ideas they disapprove of. But this is not the American way.”

 
 

Trump’s brief additionally says: “They use social media platforms as cat’s paws to suppress opinions and information about matters that Americans consider of vital interest – including those that turn out to be correct or at least debatable, such as that the Hunter Biden laptop was authentic, the COVID virus leaked from a laboratory, COVID vaccines provide weak protection that does not outweigh the risk of vaccine injury, and the 2020 election was stolen.”

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