Florida Republican lawmakers want account restored

Florida Republican lawmakers want account restored


TALLAHASSEE – In a state Donald Trump won by a wide margin while losing the White House, Florida Republican lawmakers Tuesday continued to rally to the defense of the former president now banned from social media platforms.

Rep. Randy Fine, R-Melbourne, and Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, who doubles as the Republican Party of Florida chair, touted newly filed legislation aimed at punishing China for spreading COVID-19 and media companies for banning Trump.

Florida governments would be barred from buying products at least 25% made in China or any goods or services sold or provided by Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Apple or Alphabet. The bans would take effect in 2023, under the legislation (HB 439, SB 810).

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Rep. Randy Fine, R-Melbourne, and Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, are sponsoring legislation slapping China for Covid-19 and social media companies for banning former President Trump

While it may look like the two GOP lawmakers are looking to isolate Florida governments in a no-tech world defying the 21st Century, they acknowledge the legislation is purely about pressure.

The measure is chiefly designed to slap China and put heat on social media companies to reinstate Trump and other conservatives who Gruters and Fine say are being silenced.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell recently was barred from Twitter for his baseless claims insisting that Trump won in November. Twitter said Lindell was taken off the platform for “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy.

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