President Trump and Big Tech have had a contentious relationship, and it isn’t getting any better in time for the 2020 election. In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Trump called out tech leaders including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon, saying that these companies are “fighting me hard right now.” He is quick to point out, however, that despite their best efforts, Big Tech was not able to stop him in the last election and they won’t be able to stop him this time, either.
In April, Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the White House to talk about social media. While Trump later described the meeting as “great,” it seems he is still being targeted by the company. In the Fox interview, he explained how despite the fact that he has millions of followers, many people still have trouble following him on Twitter.
“They don’t treat me right,” said Trump.
The president is quick to point out that he does a great deal of communicating over the social media platform, even taking credit for a portion of the company’s success.
“I’ve been very good for Twitter. I don’t think Twitter would be the same without what I do for Twitter.”
Twitter recently revealed that it would be cracking down on government leaders and requesting the removal of tweets by officials who don’t play by the company’s rules.
Trump believes that he is being censored by Big Tech, not just Twitter.
“I’ve been hearing that about Google, and Facebook, and Twitter. I won. They were totally against me…They fought me very hard… and they’re fighting me very hard right now.”
It’s not only Trump who is hitting back at tech companies. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, from Ted Cruz to Elizabeth Warren, have similarly criticized Big Tech for their monopolistic practices and censorship tendencies.
Some of this control, Trump says, may cross the line as being illegal.
“A lot of things are being looked at right now.”
Trump played his cards close to the vest, saying only that the Justice Department may or may not be doing something about it.
“There are a lot of people that want us to take action against Facebook, and against Twitter, and frankly against Amazon.”
Trump is currently polling at about 54%-55%, even without the support of Big Tech.