Twitter Says National Archives Can’t Post Trump’s Banned Tweets
Apparently when Twitter says you’re banned, Donald Trump, you’re seriously, like foreverly, banned. Trump’s precious Twitter account was permanently suspended earlier this year after his tweets were deemed a threat to public safety.
Now, it turns out, the former tweeter-in-chief’s missives are so toxic that Twitter won’t even allow the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to make them available as part of the official history of the United States. This is believed to be the first time Twitter has ever taken such action.
NARA has been working to create an official online archive of Trump’s tweets as president, including those that prompted Twitter to permanently suspend him for making false claims about widespread voter fraud and inciting and glorifying violence. NARA already maintains archives for the institutional and personal accounts of many other former Trump administration officials, in which the old tweets live on the Twitter platform and users can retweet, like and otherwise interact with them.
Twitter, however, is insistent that it will not host any version of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets ever again on its platform. A spokesperson for NARA said that while the National Archives “is still exploring the best way” to make the @realDonaldTrump archival content public, the agency would defer to Twitter on whether that archive should be available on the social media site. On the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website you can click through to the tweets of virtually anybody who was anybody in the Trump administration – just not the ultimate former guy himself.
But MAGA folk should not despair. The NARA spokesperson confirmed that its record will include all of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets, regardless of the actions Twitter took to label or delete them. “NARA intends to provide public access to all captured and preserved Presidential Record social media, including any blocked or deleted Tweets that have been transferred to us,” he said. In all, Trump issued more than 26,000 tweets from his personal account.