(PatrioticPost.com)- On Monday, former President Donald Trump turned to a federal judge to try to get his YouTube account reinstated.
Trump filed a brief in federal court that asked the judge to issue what would be a preliminary injunction in his ongoing case against YouTube. If successful in his fight, the former president would see his account reinstated immediately.
Lawyers for the former president said recently that they plan to file requests for similar preliminary injunctions against Twitter and Facebook in the coming weeks.
In the court filings, Trump’s lawyers said a failure to grant the preliminary injunction against Google’s YouTube would result in “irreparable harm” to Trump as a potential future political candidate as well as the entire Republican party.
If Trump were to be granted the preliminary injunction, he could start selling his merchandise over the platform, which could be a huge source of funds needed for political purposes.
Last month, Trump also started a class-action lawsuit against the big tech companies YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. He is seeking unspecified damages for violations of his First Amendment rights. In court filings, Trump said the damages could total into the “trillions” of dollars.
The suits that the former president filed recently were done along with the America First Policy Institute. That organization was founded by former members of his presidential administration. In May of this year, the IRS granted the institute status as a non-profit organization since it’s a public charity.
All three suits were filed in federal courts in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. The suits also included requests for federal judges to overturn immunity protections that technology companies were granted by the federal government back in 1996.
Trump is also asking the judges to declare these so-called Section 230 protections that are granted under the Communications Decency Act as unconstitutional.
Katie Sullivan, who serves as the executive director of the America First Policy Institute’s Constitutional Litigation partnership, told the New York Post recently that social media platforms have “inconsistently applied their terms and services and their community standards.
“What they do is say, ‘Hey, look, we have this free and open community you should join where you can share political thought, updates on family, or even have the ability to make a living.’ But the defendants do not apply their rules evenly or consistently — they censor specific voices and thought so that other users only hear one side of a story.
“They encourage users to become reliant on them as one of their main vehicles of communication and in many cases livelihood and now defendants are choosing the winners and losers of society.”
The three separate lawsuits will all be presided over by separate federal judges, even though the cases are fairly identical to each other.
The case against YouTube will be held in the Southern District of Florida and overseen by federal Judge K. Michael Moore.