Gab this: Trump breaks out of social media shell, rips impeachment trial as ‘PR stunt’
- Former US president returns to social media for the first time since his term ended with a post on Gab, a social networking site popular with far-right supporters
- In the post, Trump taunted a Democrat who has called on Trump to testify at his impeachment trial, saying allegations against him couldn’t be proved
It was launched by “Christian technology entrepreneur” Andrew Torba following what he says was the rise of big tech censorship during the 2016 election, according to the company‘s website. Trump joined the site in August 2016, shortly before he was elected.
In his first social media post since January 8, Trump put up a letter addressed to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, who recently called on the former president to testify at his second impeachment hearing next week.
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The letter, which Trump‘s lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jnr signed, read: “We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt. Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen.”
“The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games,” they added.
Trump is in the midst of a second impeachment over his role in stirring up a mob of supporters that stormed the US Capitol on January 6.
Trump‘s return to Gab comes after reports that the ex-president was still so frustrated by being barred from Twitter that he is writing down insults and trying to get aides to post them from their own accounts.
The former president was permanently suspended from Twitter in the wake of the insurrection, which resulted in five people‘s deaths. He was also blocked on YouTube.