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Trump vows to imprison Zuckerberg if re-elected

Trump vows to imprison Zuckerberg if re-elected

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Former President Donald Trump has vowed to imprison "election fraudsters," including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, if he is re-elected. Trump's promise is part of a long-standing feud with Zuckerberg that dates back to Trump's presidency.

Trump declared on his social media platform, Truth Social, that if he gets elected in November, he will target those he believes are involved in election fraud. He specifically mentioned Zuckerberg, saying, "If I'm elected President, we will pursue Election Fraudsters at levels never seen before, and they will be sent to prison for long periods of time. We already know who you are. DON'T DO IT! ZUCKERBUCKS, be careful!"

This statement was made in the context of the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act (SAVE Act), which proposes requiring proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections. Trump has previously accused Zuckerberg of election interference, citing a Fox News report about Zuckerberg's $2 million donation to a Georgia election board. However, there is no evidence that Zuckerberg's donations were partisan.

Trump's criticism of Zuckerberg dates back to February 2023, when he questioned why the Facebook founder was not being prosecuted and accused Democrats of cheating. As the likelihood of Trump's re-election grows, he leads President Joe Biden in several national and battleground polls, a trend bolstered by Biden's recent debate performance marked by verbal slip-ups and incoherent statements.

The feud between Trump and Zuckerberg goes back several years. In June 2020, Zuckerberg expressed his dismay at Trump's "divisive and incendiary rhetoric" after Facebook was criticized for allowing Trump to make violent remarks on the platform. Following the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021, Trump was banned from Facebook. Zuckerberg justified the ban, stating that "the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great." The ban was lifted in January 2023.

In September 2022, Trump made several confusing statements about his relationship with Zuckerberg at a rally. He claimed Zuckerberg visited him at the White House for dinner "last week," despite Trump having been out of office for more than a year. He described Zuckerberg as a "weirdo" and mimicked a conversation in which Zuckerberg allegedly requested the dinner.

 

Representatives for Zuckerberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.