Trump’s half-hearted attempts to prepare his move suggest he doesn’t care as much about coming back to Facebook as he wants, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, to be a member of a club that doesn’t want him as a member. This shyness has informed almost every move Trump has made since Biden’s victory was certified by Congress and the new administration took over. As Gabby Orr and Meridith McGraw reported for POLITICO in mid-March, Trump has been adrift in exile, undecided, meandering and dragging. Former CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta explained it better, describing Trump’s post-presidency as an “old sad Elvis act,” adding: “It’s like he’s a animatronic character, again spitting this stuff like it has a string you’re pulling. behind it and replace the batteries when they are weak inside.
Trump’s sad old Elvis number was played with limp and hindrance. With the exception of his live appearance on CPAC in late February, Trump primarily telephones in occasional comments to Fox News Channel hosts about how Biden is “destroying our country” or, more importantly, places like Newmax. Greg Kelly Reports or his American Agenda program. Periodically, he sends out short e-mail comments titled “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States” to scratch the news that upsets him. The press is repeating these statements and the people of Twitter have copied and posted them, but they are quickly claimed by the tide of news and disappear. As Orr and McGraw noted, Trump scuttled talks about creating a third party, starting a new social media operation, or building his own TV empire. Meanwhile, as Philip Bump wrote in the Washington postTrump’s media presence has plummeted and Google searches for his name have collapsed. Talk about low energy.
Guessing whether Facebook’s Supervisory Board will restore Trump’s posting privileges is a bit of a cup game. The board, set up to shield the company from potentially difficult moderation decisions, has not tabled enough rulings to help predict which direction it will go when Trump is suspended. Although Trump’s Facebook account was popular – 35 million users still follow him in his “frozen” state – and his videos garnered very high shares there, he never touted it like he did. on Twitter. Aside from which service worked best for him, Twitter has always been Trump’s favorite child and reporters picked him up, citing his Twitter feed over and over again, even when he posted a message on Facebook. Even the brevity of Trump’s posts indicates that Twitter was – and remains – his go-to social media spot. It will of course welcome the reinstatement of Facebook, but will consider this honor as a finalist trophy. Twitter did. It never let him down.
None of this means Trump is politically done. It could, like a dormant volcano, erupt again and rain pyroclastic flows on its enemies again, with or without the help of social media. Until he gets rid of his duff, Facebook arbitration, however it is decided, won’t make much of a difference to his political future. Trump has voluntarily put aside his publicity, and the media regime continues to slim it down. Never count the old pig, but feel free to count it back.
President Carnitas! Send taco recipes to [email protected]. My email alerts look like a herd of Durocs. My Twitter kosher custody account. My The RSS feed has a greedy instinct.