By Jack Phillips
Former President Donald Trump said Thursday he is eager and willing to provide sworn testimony in a deposition in his lawsuits against Google, Twitter, and Facebook so he can talk about the 2020 election.
“I look forward to it, actually,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly on Thursday night about possibly sitting for a deposition, coming a day after he announced the lawsuits. “I love talking about the election fraud.”
The former president unveiled the legal action during a news conference in New Jersey on Wednesday, saying he wants a judge to rule on the social media giants’ alleged censoring, blacklisting, and shadowbanning of users over political speech. The lawsuit will also seek punitive damages.
“They’re going to want to take a deposition from you. You going to sit for a deposition?” O’Reilly asked him. Trump replied: “Sure. I think we’ve had a lot of them, frankly. A part of it will be the election. Now, if you’re talking about January 6th, that will also be about the election.”
“Are your lawyers prepared, though, for the war? There will be a war. You know that. Are they prepared for it?” O’Reilly asked Trump.
“Everything is a war. With me, life is a war. Yeah, we’re prepared and somebody had to do it,” Trump replied, saying that a number of people have urged him to file lawsuits against Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
The three platforms, along with others, suspended Trump’s accounts and claimed he incited violence during the Jan. 6 Capitol incident. Facebook several weeks ago said his ban would last approximately two years, Twitter executives have said his account suspension will be permanent, and Google-owned YouTube has provided even fewer details about the length of his ban.
In the interview on Thursday, Trump also denied inciting any violence on Jan. 6, pointing to statements he made at the time that demonstrators who were gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the Joint Session of Congress’s certification of the election should do so peacefully.
While announcing the suit, Trump argued that social media companies have “ceased to be private” companies and cited the Section 230 protection shield that such firms employ to protect themselves from liability. Republicans have argued that the federal rule has allowed Big Tech firms to censor their political opponents, while some have gone further, arguing that social media giants should be regulated as utilities.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have not responded to a request for comment. Facebook and Twitter spokespersons told other news outlets they had no comment on the litigation.