Donald Trump returns to social media with a glorified blog | Donald trump
Banned by Facebook and Twitter, Donald Trump left for the future with an online communication tool that could be described as a magnified blog.
His retro webpage, titled “From the Desk of Donald J Trump,” appears at DonaldJTrump.com/desk and presents a small photo of the 45th president writing in a book on his desk.
One video includes archival documents announcing Trump’s Twitter ban and images of his Mar-a-Lago, Florida estate and a desktop computer, covered with captions: “In this time of silence and lies, a beacon of freedom appears. A place to speak freely and safely. Straight from Donald J Trump’s office.
Below the video are a series of blog-like statements from Trump, the most recent of which begins: “It’s heartwarming to read new polls on the great warmonger Liz Cheney from the great state of Wyoming. “
Cheney is under fire from fellow Republicans who are loyal to Trump’s claims that he did in fact win the 2020 election, as she publicly spoke out against the lie and sharply criticized the Jan. 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol by the United States. extremist supporters of Trump.
Tabs on Trump’s new website allow users to like or share the posts on their own Facebook or Twitter accounts, but they don’t have the option to reply.
Visitors are also encouraged to “sign up for alerts,” so Trump’s thoughts can be delivered straight to their inboxes. Unsurprisingly, the options to “shop” and “contribute” feature prominently.
A footnote says the tool is jointly funded by the former president’s Save America and Make America Great Again political action committees.
When the page was unveiled on Tuesday, social media erupted with comments – and mockery – suggesting that Trump’s long-awaited social media comeback owed a lot to platforms such as Blogger, launched in 1999.
But Jason Miller, senior adviser to the former president, has sought to provide clarification – via Twitter.
“President Trump’s website is a great resource for finding his latest statements and highlights from his first term, but it’s not a new social media platform,” he wrote. “We will have more information coming up on this front in the very near future.”
Twitter announced that it had permanently banned Trump after the attack on the U.S. Capitol for breaking its “glorification of violence” rules.
Facebook has also banned it, with its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, saying “the risks of allowing the president to continue using our service during this time are just too great.”
But Facebook’s independent supervisory board should announce wednesday if he reverses the suspension.
Meanwhile, Trump, exiled to his private residence and club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach after leaving office in defeat and shame, sent press releases to reporters.
They’re often in a style reminiscent of his tweets, with all caps, exclamation marks, and misspellings. But they no longer run today’s agenda or cable news chyrons like their presidential missives once did.