Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed that banning former President Donald Trump from social media platforms is undemocratic.
“Look, you have a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an authoritarian a bad news guy,” Sanders said during an interview with The New York Times. “But if you’re asking me do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.”
While maintaining that social media should not serve as a platform for authoritarian purposes and insurrection, Sanders pondered the idea of possible censorship and giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people.
“Do you want hate speech and conspiracy theories traveling all over this country? No. Do you want the internet to be used for authoritarian purposes and an insurrection if you like? No, you don’t. So how do you balance that? I don’t know, but it is an issue that we have got to be thinking about. Because yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view”, Sanders said.
Earlier in the week, a Trump communication strategist, Jason Miller, confirmed to Fox News that the former president plans to return to social media with his own platform in a couple of months.
Trump was banned from Twitter and other major social media platforms shortly afterward after being accused of inciting the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection.