Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to Donald Trump on Thursday, urging the former president to launch his new digital media platform in Florida.
The letter comes days after reports surfaced that Trump was in talks with upstart apps about developing a new social network. Longtime Trump advisor Jason Miller claimed that the former president was eyeing a potential partnership with existing app vendors and that a new platform could start in “about two or three months. The potential deal would see the 45th President return to social media after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Patronis, a former businessman himself, opened the letter offering to help Trump plants the seeds of the new social media platform in the Sunshine State.
“Being a former businessman, I have always been impressed with job creators, like yourself, whose labor grow jobs and opportunities for thousands of families. With recent reports that you are pursuing the development of your own digital media platform, I want to do everything possible to ensure this new venture happens in Florida,” Patronis states.
“I have spent the greater part of my life in business and know what kind of effort it takes to hire staff, build infrastructure and utilize technology to ensure customers get a great product at a good price, in the most efficient manner possible. Moreover, as the State’s Chief Financial Officer, I serve on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc. and can help provide access to the state’s business development tools. Also as a former Public Service Commissioner, I can assist with any challenges that may arise related to access to power that’s critical for supporting technology infrastructure.”
In the letter, Patronis placed the crosshairs on Big Tech for their role in getting Trump and other conservatives de-platformed. The issue has ignited many on the political right who have called on officials to crackdown on Silicon Valley for their continued push to silence certain viewpoints. The Florida legislature has also taken issue with companies like Twitter and Facebook, pushing legislation this session aimed at holding social media platforms accountable and giving consumers in Florida the final say in how their personal information is used or sold.
“Many Floridians are thrilled and excited over the prospect of you pursuing your own digital platform. The fact is Big Tech went after you like never before. These tech firms are not being honest brokers in how they deal with the public – they’re using their power to shut down conservative voices. It’s not fair, Patronis added. “The idea of you launching a platform to provide conservative voices with a safe space to speak their minds is exactly what our nation needs.”
The CFO also noted that Trump’s “Midas touch” could usher in a new renaissance for the tech industry, with Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s permanent home, serving as the headquarters.
“The fact is you’re blessed with a Midas touch, and if you are starting a new tech business, inevitably there will be competition to go after the golden-goose, and Florida can’t rest on its laurels. I know you clearly love Florida enough to have left New York, but I also know that at the end of the day, you’re focused on the financials of your enterprise. Moreover, with California doing everything possible to shut down their businesses, Mar-a-Lago could become the epicenter of Florida’s technology renaissance,” said Patronis.
To view the full letter, click here.