- Trump told The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender that he was glad to be banned from Twitter.
- He said the ban allowed him “to make phone calls, and do other things and read papers that I wouldn’t read.”
- The ex-president also said he believed the statements his office put out after the ban were “much more elegant.”
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Former President Donald Trump said he was glad to be banned from Twitter because, among other things, it gave him time to read more.
That’s according to an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s new book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” published in the Journal Friday morning.
The former president told Bender during one of their interviews for the book that he was happy about the ban because he believed the prewritten statements his office issued now were “much more elegant.”
“It’s really better than Twitter,” Trump said, according to the book excerpt. “I didn’t realize you can spend a lot of time on this. Now I actually have time to make phone calls, and do other things and read papers that I wouldn’t read.”
Trump began to transition from the presidency back to life as a private citizen in March, Bender wrote.
“What am I going to do all day?” the former president asked Bender during one of Bender’s visits to Trump’s Florida golf club. After wondering whether his friends blamed him for inciting the deadly Capitol insurrection, Trump asked aides about whether he should run for president again.
According to the book, not many Trump advisors believed he would actually mount another presidential campaign, and Trump himself “acknowledged that other factors might catch up with him, like his advanced age and obesity.”
“‘At least that’s what they say,'” Trump tacked on when he discussed his weight, the excerpt said.
Social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook banned Trump in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection, citing further risks of violence.
Twitter has permanently suspended Trump from its platform. Facebook will uphold its ban against Trump for at least two years.
Trump on Wednesday announced that he is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google and their executives over what he described as censorship.
“Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, unconstitutional, and completely unAmerican,” Trump said during a press event from his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey.