Donald Trump was banned from the Twitter platform in January 2021, shortly after the insurrection at the US Capitol. But with the account removed from Twitter, can you still read his old tweets another way?
Here is everything you need to know, including where to find the tweets that got Donald Trump banned in the first place.
The Tweets That Got Trump Banned
Twitter made the decision to “permanently suspend” Donald Trump from its platform on January 8, 2021. In a statement released by Twitter, it clarified that two tweets in particular violated its Glorification of Violence policy. Twitter also said it recognized that it exists as a direct form of communication between elected officials and the public, but that does not mean elected officials are above their rules and guidelines.
After reviewing how the tweets were being received and interpreted, Twitter ruled them as risks to further incitement of violence, deciding to ban Trump to avoid any further incitement on its platform. You can read more about this decision, and the specific tweets in Twitter’s blog post about the decision.
But if you would like to access the rest of his deleted tweets, there are a number of websites that include them. Twitter didn’t archive Trump’s tweets, but other sites provide these archives in the public interest.
1. Trump Twitter Archive
Trump Twitter Archive is a website containing all of Donald Trump’s tweets. This archive spans from his very first tweet in 2009, to his final tweet on January 8, 2021. This archive also includes a search tool and filters to narrow your search. You can filter out retweets, show only retweets, view from oldest to newest, or vice versa.
This archive is comprehensive and relatively simple to use.
2. Factba.se Donald Trump-Twitter
The next archive you can utilize to search for Donald Trump’s old tweets is Factba.se. Factba.se too has a search tool, but far fewer search filters than Trump Twitter Archive. On Factba.se you can view tweets from oldest to newest, or newest to oldest. You can also select to view only deleted tweets.
One unique feature of Factba.se is the flagged tweet filter. You can choose to view all the tweets that Twitter ever flagged from Donald Trump. Some tweets were flagged, but not deleted, so this can be a helpful tool for distinction.
For those interested in the data behind Trump’s deleted Twitter account, Kaggle is the archive to use. This archive was created using the information from Trump Twitter Archive, the main difference being the organization of information. If you are interested in the analytics and data behind each tweet this website will give you that information in the most clear and concise manner.
You can see what type of device each tweet was sent from (iPhone vs. Android), how many likes they got, and even how many retweets they each got.
Will Donald Trump Ever Tweet Again?
In response to being kicked off the Twitter platform, and losing his audience of 89 million followers, Trump announced the release of his new social media platform Truth Social. The social media platform first launched in February and has been dealing with bugs and technical errors ever since, making it difficult for users to join and experience the platform.
On April 25, 2022, Elon Musk announced a deal to purchase Twitter for $44 million. Musk says he would allow Trump back on Twitter. Trump responded to this by saying he would not be returning to Twitter and instead would be remaining solely on Truth Social.
However, a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on May 16, 2022 shows that Trump is required to post something on Truth Social first, but six hours after posting he can repost the same thing on whatever platform he pleases.
The filing also noted that Trump can post any political messaging, fundraising, or get-out-the-vote type posts to any personal account on any platform, whenever he wants. This means that in many instances he wouldn’t have to wait the six hours to post on other social media platforms.
If you would like to read Trump’s past tweets, check out the archives. For present-day thoughts you can find him on Truth Social. As for the future of Donald Trump on social media, we’ll have to wait and see if he decides to join a Musk-owned Twitter.
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