Donald Trump may or may not have an uphill battle to the GOP nomination in 2024, as a number of as-of-yet-unknown factors continue to weigh on his campaign.
First and foremost, there’s the possibility that the Biden administration’s Department of Justice will follow through on a criminal referral of Trump sent to them by the January 6th select committee. Or that the Fulton County DA will have charges brought against him in regard to his phone calls to Peach State lawmakers just after the 2020 election.
And then there’s the possibility that someone in the GOP comes screaming out of the woodwork to usurp him in the primaries.
With all of that in mind, it appears as though the former President is trying to gather up all the help he can get.
With access to his Twitter account back, Trump’s campaign is formally petitioning Facebook’s parent company to unblock his account there after it was locked in response to the U.S. Capitol riot two years ago.Trending:
“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” Trump’s campaign wrote in its letter to Meta on Tuesday, according to a copy reviewed by NBC News.
Trump’s campaign didn’t threaten a lawsuit, as some sources close to Trump thought he would. It instead talked about the importance of free speech and petitioned Meta for a “meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”
The company didn’t give the campaign a hard no just yet.
A Meta spokesperson declined to comment about Trump beyond saying the company “will announce a decision in the coming weeks in line with the process we laid out.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested that he wouldn’t be getting back to Twitter anytime soon, preferring his own Truth Social media platform at the moment, but some insiders are beginning to suggest that Trump’s plans are changing.
“Trump is probably coming back to Twitter. It’s just a question of how and when,” said a Republican who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations with Trump about returning to the platform. “He’s been talking about it for weeks, but Trump speaks for Trump, so it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do or say or when.”
Another Trump confidant who also didn’t want to be identified speaking about conversations with him said that Trump has sought input for weeks about hopping back on Twitter and that his campaign advisers have also workshopped ideas for his first tweet.
With a full arsenal of social media turrets ready to fire, Trump will be a far more difficult primary opponent than previously imagined.