Donald Trump looks for the stars while he attempts to return to Twitter.
In a Monday brief seeking to revive a lawsuit disputing Twitter’s suspension of Trump, the former president’s lawyers likened him to Italian astronomer Galileo.
Trump was expelled from the platform in 2021, after he incited an attack on the U.S. Capitol using incendiary false allegations of election fraud.
Trump compared himself to Abraham Lincoln when he was president, so perhaps his legal team didn’t think it was a stretch to compare him to Galileo, the so-called “father of modern science” For asserting that Earth revolves around the sun, he was persecuted in 17th century by the Catholic Church.
“Most people once believed these to be crackpot ideas; many still do. But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true. The earth does revolve around the sun, and it was Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who dropped off a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware,” Trump’s lawyers wrote, per Politico. “Galileo spent his remaining days under house arrest for spreading heretical ideas, and thousands of dissidents today are arrested or killed by despotic governments eager to suppress ideas they disapprove of. But this is not the American way.”
The brief was filed in San Francisco. His lawsuit for damages and reinstatement of Twitter was rejected in May.
“We want him to have the right to get back on” John Coale, Trump attorney, Twitter told Reuters Monday
Twitter said last year it suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” after a mob of followers laid siege to the Capitol to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.