Big Tech wants to “erase” former President Donald Trump, daughter-in-law Lara Trump said Thursday, adding that her father-in-law is “very upset” by the effort.
Lara Trump spoke out one day after it was reported that Facebook and sister-company Instagram removed videos of her interviewing the former commander-in-chief, citing their previous ban of the 45th president.
“They want to erase Donald Trump. They want you to forget he ever existed,” said Lara Trump during an appearance on Fox News. “They don’t want you to see him. They don’t want you to hear from him.”
Trump said that the crackdown is “something that happens in communist countries,” and argued that all Americans, including those who dislike the former president, should be troubled by the blackout.
“I know that people that dislike Donald Trump might celebrate this and think, ‘Well this is great, we don’t want to hear from him anyway,’” she said. “Every American should be outraged by this, because today it’s Donald Trump, [but] tomorrow it could be you.
“The fact that they are able to just say, ‘Nope, we are not going to put up a video of the former president of the United States’ … should terrify every American.”
Asked how her father-in-law has responded to the video being scrubbed, Trump said, “Well, he’s terrified too. He’s very upset by it.”
Facebook was among several social-media outlets that suspended the then-president’s accounts in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.
In an email from Facebook that Lara Trump shared online, an employee for the social-media titan justified the video’s removal by saying that it “featured President Trump speaking.”
“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email continued.
Since leaving the White House, Trump has reportedly been working toward the potential launch of his own social-media platform.