Chuck Grassley Open to Joining Trump’s new Social Media Platform

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By Ty Rushing
February 23, 2022

Chuck Grassley was honest when asked if he would join former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform, Truth Social.

“I hope they’ll have me,” Grassley said. “I don’t know if they will or not.”

Iowa’s senior US Senator was asked the question during an Audubon town hall Wednesday as part of his annual 99-county tour. Grassley told the crowd he likes to be on as many social media sites as possible, although his Twitter account is probably his most famous.

“Will they take me,” Grassley asked the event attendee who broached the question. “I think they will.”

“I’m pretty sure, I don’t think you’re too old,” the attendee answered.

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Trump’s platform launched exclusively in the Apple App Store Monday, but there is a waiting list to join.  Truth Social bill itself as “America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.”

A range of issues were broached during the town hall including the 2020 presidential election, agriculture, President Joe Biden, border security/immigration policy, the Canadian trucker protest, crude oil, COVID, school boards, and more.

During a press conference after the town hall, Grassley also shared his thoughts on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ being selected to deliver the Republican Party’s response to Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Reynolds joins US Sens. Joni Ernst, a Republican, and Tom Harkin, a Democrat, as the only Iowans selected to deliver their parties’ response to a State of the Union address. Ernst gave her speech in 2015 and Harkin did so as part of a collective in 1984.

Grassley said for the Republican Party, US Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pick the person to respond when their party’s in the minority and it rotates between governors, representatives, and senators.

“Terribly proud of her, terribly proud of Iowa,” Grassley said of Reynolds. “And, if you remember, a few years ago, Ernst did it. So, in two high-level cases of statement, I think the political leadership of Iowa shows up.”


by Ty Rushing

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  • Ty Rushing

    Ty Rushing is the Chief Political Correspondent for Iowa Starting Line. He is a trail-blazing veteran Iowa journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and co-founder and president of the Iowa Association of Black Journalists. Send tips or story ideas to [email protected] and find him on social media @Rushthewriter.



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