Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes announced on Monday that he will leave the House of Representatives to join efforts to return Donald Trump a megaphone on social media after the permanent expulsion of Twitter and the suspension of Facebook. The congressman from California is leaving Congress to become the CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), a company that is raising money to launch a conservative social network ahead of the 2024 elections, when it is believed that the The former president will seek a second term in the White House. “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow the free flow of ideas and expressions without censorship,” Nunes announced in a statement.
Nunes is one of 11 Republicans out of 53 California legislators in the lower house. He is considered one of Trump’s most loyal squires and known for some of his radical thinking. Among these, his state, California, suffers from a drought created by government management and not by climate change. A farmer of Portuguese origins, in 2003 he became a representative of a conservative fiefdom in the San Joaquín Valley, in central California. Since then, he has been in Washington for 10 periods. His great moment of national fame came in February 2018. As chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, he was responsible for drafting a four-page document on the manipulation of the investigation of the Russian plot. The declassified memorandum, applauded by Republicans and repudiated by Democrats, concluded that the FBI and the Justice Department had spied on members of Trump’s campaign to favor the opposition.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, fired Nunes on Monday calling him a “patriot” whose “only goal is to seek the truth.” “There is no one better prepared than him to compete head-to-head and to lead an alternative to the tech companies and the big-media cartel that have brought water to the Democratic mill for years,” MCCarthy said in a statement. The departure of Nunes, who would end his term in January 2023, will materialize before the end of the year.
Throughout the Trump Administration, Nunes fought in Congress against the media and big technology, considered de facto powers in Washington by the base of supporters of the former Republican president. “Devin understands that we must stop the liberal and tech media from continuing to destroy the freedoms that make America great. The country is ready for TRUTH Social and the end of censorship and political discrimination, ”Trump said in a statement confirming the election of Nunes as head of TMTG. The legislator said “honored” to be the “leader of this mission.”
Truth Social is a social network similar to Twitter. In it, users will be able to post “truths” and “truths”, similar to the retweets of Twitter, the platform that expelled Trump after the assault on the Capitol on January 6. The new service would target conservative voters who have been punished by the moderation rules of major technology companies to prevent hate speech or the spread of fake news. Nunes, who calls the bluebird service a “sewer” had already become a Parler user. Truth Social would be just one of the pillars of TMTG, which would also seek to rival Netflix, Disney and CNN, among others, according to an October document published by the company.
Regulatory authorities in the United States are currently investigating a $ 287 million publicly traded fund called Digital World Acquisition, which could finance the start of Trump’s media initiative in the coming months. Since a possible merger between Digital World Acquisition and TMTG was announced a month and a half ago, the value of the shares has increased by 300%. Analysts estimate that the stock market will hit $ 1 billion in the coming months. This money would be in addition to a similar amount raised by Trump’s company from the sale of shares in other companies. If the markets regulator approves the merger, TMTG will go public.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.