The Trump blog page is permanently closed
Former President Donald Trump’s blog – a web page he shared statements on after major social media companies banned him from their platforms – has been closed for good, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The “From Donald J. Trump’s Office” page was removed from Trump’s website after going live less than a month earlier.
He’s “not coming back,” senior assistant Jason Miller told CNBC.
“It was just ancillary to the larger efforts that we’re leading and working on,” Miller said via email.
He declined to provide further details on these efforts.
“I hope to have more information on the larger efforts soon, but I don’t have a precise knowledge of the timeline,” Miller said.
But when asked online later Wednesday whether the move was a “precursor” for the former president to join “another social media platform,” Miller replied, “Yes, in fact, it is. is the case. Stay tuned! “
Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from posting on their platforms after supporters of the then president invaded the United States Capitol on Jan.6. Trump, who has never conceded President Joe Biden, has repeatedly and mistakenly claimed on social media after the Nov. 3 election that the race was stolen from him by widespread fraud.
US President Donald Trump uses his cell phone as he holds a roundtable discussion with governors on the economic reopening of closures due to COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the State Dining Room of the House Blanche in Washington, DC on June 18, 2020.
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Trump and his allies have long accused social media giants of being tainted with political bias and prone to censor conservatives. The former president teased the deployment of an alternative platform.
But the blog, unveiled last month and originally invoiced as a new “communication platform”, seemed ill-equipped to take on the biggest social media companies.
Miller clarified at the time – on Twitter – that the “Desk” page was “a great resource” for finding Trump’s statements, “but it’s not a new social media platform.”
At the time of his social media ban in January, Trump had tens of millions of Twitter followers and millions on Facebook.
Trump’s blog, on the other hand, struggled to amass even a fraction of that commitment, NBC News reported a week after its launch, citing data compiled with BuzzSumo.
Since stepping down on January 20, the former president, who has strongly hinted that he could run for the White House again in 2024, has only made a few in-person appearances and has participated in interviews only with friendly media.
Between Trump’s departure from the White House and the launch of his ephemeral blog in May, the former president had shared official statements through his surrogates, his office and his political action committee, Save America.
On Wednesday afternoon, the new blog-less Trump, through his PAC, shared a new statement attacking GOP Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona as RINO – a paltry acronym for “Republican in name only.” – for having vetoed a bill that would ban so-called critical theory training on race for public servants.