He is back.
Former President Donald Trump celebrated his reinstatement on Facebook on Friday, 26 months after loyalists, duped by his voter fraud lies, stormed the US Capitol to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s landslide victory. over its predecessor.
“Now I’m back!” read Trump’s Friday post. The message includes a video clip of Trump’s 2016 victory speech after he defeated Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College to become the nation’s 45th president.
“I’m sorry I kept you waiting,” Trump told an election night crowd at the time. “Complicated business.”
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, announced at the end of January the former president’s account would be restored “with new protection measures to discourage recidivism.”
Trump, who continues to falsely claim that he won the 2020 election, announced nearly two years before the 2024 election that he will be running again. He continues to campaign as possible charges against him loom.
A Georgia Grand Jury heard evidence that Trump pressured state officials to “find” enough votes to overturn that state’s election results.
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Trump is also under investigation in New York City. His lawyer told the Daily News on Friday that Trump will cooperate if Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charges him.
It is unclear if US Attorney General Merrick Garland has plans to charge the former president with a crime.
The former president also restored his YouTube account on Friday following a two-year suspension on Friday.
Twitter owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account in November after an online poll showed 52% of voters supported the 76-year-old former reality TV star.
Trump, who last used that account on January 8, 2021, to announce that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration, launched his own social media company in February 2021 to help keep it in the public eye.