Parler Interim CEO Says Trump 'Would Be Welcome On the Platform'

Connor Grant | February 17, 2021
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Donald Trump may be returning to social media in the near future.

In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Parler interim CEO Mark Meckler expressed that the former president, who was kicked off Twitter in early January, is “welcome on the platform.” Meckler, a Tea Party activist, is currently serving as CEO of Parler as the social networking platform re-emerges amid a battle with big tech companies.

“My attitude about Donald Trump, the former president, is he’s welcome on the platform just like anybody else," Meckler said. "We welcome all political perspectives. We’re here to be the platform for free speech and if Donald Trump wants to come here and participate in free speech he would be welcome on the platform.”

Cavuto then asked, “So you don’t agree with Twitter banning him for life so to speak?”

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“No I think it’s ridiculous," the interim Parler exec said. "We’re in a public square so anybody can come, they can say what they want as long as it’s legal and Donald Trump hasn’t said anything illegal as far as I’m aware. He certainly didn’t on Twitter, didn’t on Facebook, any of the other places that he was banned."

"He would be more than welcome to join us on Parler, we’d be happy to have him along with President Biden. We’re happy to have anybody from any party who wants to come on and engage in civil discourse," he added.

Meckler reiterated that Parler is in communication with Apple and he expects the platform to be back in the app store soon. He also added that he views Parler as a “free-speech site” welcoming people with all political views rather than simply being a conservative social media platform.

(Cover Photo: Gage Skidmore)