Trump files suit against Twitter, his lawyers compare him to Galileo Galilei
A new legal document in Donald Trump's battle against social media presents some unusual arguments in favor of the former president, who accuses Twitter and the US government of infringing on his freedom of expression by suppressing misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election.
According to information from the publication, in the documents filed yesterday in an appeals court in San Francisco, it is alleged that Twitter and the federal government are working to “suppress opinions and information on issues that Americans consider vital.” These questions include the source of the virus that caused the pandemic, the efficacy of vaccines against COVID, the validity of the 2020 election results, and the legitimacy of documents from a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, the complaint says.
Trump’s lawyers have compared him to the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was persecuted by the Catholic Church for proclaiming his belief that the Earth revolves around the sun. “Most people once believed that these were crazy ideas; many of them still do. But sometimes these ideas turn out to be true. The earth does revolve around the sun, and it is Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who left a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. “Galileo spent the rest of his days under house arrest for spreading heretical ideas, and today thousands of dissidents are arrested or killed by despotic governments seeking to suppress ideas they disapprove of. But this is not the American way,” the document also reads.
Trump’s lawyers filed the new court documents in one of a series of lawsuits the former president filed last year against social media giants, accusing Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube of censoring him and his supporters.