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Banned by Facebook and Twitter, Donald Trump has returned to the future with an online communication tool that could be described as a glorified blog.
His retro webpage, titled “From Donald J. Trump’s Desk,” appears on DonaldJTrump.com/desk and features a small photo of the 45th President writing in a book on his desk.
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One video includes archives announcing Trump’s ban on Twitter and footage of his Mar-a-Lago, Florida estate and a desktop computer, covered with captions: “In a time of silence and lies, a lighthouse of freedom appears. A place to speak freely and in complete safety. Direct from Donald J. Trump’s office.
Below the video is a series of Trump’s blog-like statements, the most recent of which begins: “Heartwarming to read new polls on 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 indeed won 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 to receive 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 return owed a lot to platforms like Blogger, which launched in 1999.
But Jason Miller, senior adviser to the former president, 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 on this 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 is expected to announce on Wednesday whether it is rescinding the suspension.
Meanwhile, Trump, exiled to his private Mar-a-Lago residence and club in Palm Beach after stepping down in defeat and disgrace, has 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 his presidential missives once did.