Donald Trump ‘back’ on Facebook following long suspension
Former President Donald Trump celebrated being reinstated on Facebook Friday — 26 months after loyalists deluded by his election fraud lies stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s resounding victory over his predecessor.
“I’m Back!” reads Trump’s Friday post. The message includes a video clip of Trump’s 2016 victory speech after he defeated Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College to become the nation’s 45th president.
“Sorry to keep you waiting,” Trump told an election night crowd at the time. “Complicated business.”
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, announced in late January the former president’s account would be reinstated “with new guardrails to deter repeat offenses.”
Trump — still falsely claiming he won the 2020 election — announced nearly two years ahead of the 2024 election that he will again be a candidate. He continues campaigning as potential indictments against him loom.
A Georgia Grand Jury has heard evidence Trump pressured state officials to “find” enough votes to overturn that state’s election results.
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Trump is under investigation in New York City as well. His attorney told the Daily News Friday Trump will cooperate if he’s indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
It’s unclear if U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has plans to charge the former president with any wrongdoing.
The former president also had his YouTube account restored Friday following a two-year suspension Friday.
Twitter owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account in November after an online poll showed that 52% of voters supported the 76-year-old former reality TV star.
Trump — who last used that account on Jan. 8, 2021 to announce he wouldn’t attend Biden’s inauguration— launched his own social media company in February 2021 to help keep him in the public eye.