After a lengthy sabbatical from the internet, former President Donald Trump opted to launch his own website, complete with an up-to-date blog. But now, just a month after launching, it seems to have gone dark ...
Trump's poor behavior on social media has been well-documented.
Following his 2020 election loss, Trump used his social media platforms to passionately dispute the result and fuel his election fraud theories with gusto.
Many of his claims regarding this supposed election fraud had to be flagged by the platforms he was using...
But, otherwise, he was allowed to continue in his protesting.
However, following the events of January 6th, efforts to silence the scorned former president were doubled down.
A day on from the devastating riots at Capitol Hill, in which hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the prestigious building, Facebook's vice president, Nick Clegg, announced that Trump's account would be suspended indefinitely.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said at the time that "the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service... are simply too great."
"We believe our decision was necessary and right," Clegg said in a statement. "Given its significance, we think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld."
Twitter quickly followed suit.
Trump was initially locked out of his Twitter account for twelve hours after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol "patriots."
Twitter warned then that it would ban Trump "permanently" if he breached the platform's rules again.
But, after being allowed back on the site, Trump posted 2 tweets that the company cited as the final straws. In one, he wrote:
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!!!"
Following this news, a number of other social media platforms quickly announced their own bans for Trump...
Including Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitch, and Reddit.
For the first time in twelve years, Trump found himself without any online platform to vent and rant onto.
It's was peaceful couple of months without any inflammatory, caps-locked Tweets, to say the least.
Many enjoyed Trump's online absence...
Is it just me, or is it GLORIOUS that Trump is no longer on Twitter or other social media? He is NOT missed!😅— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD)1613523393.0
And found scrolling through Twitter without a whiff of his constant rants quite refreshing.
Without social media, Trump was forced to think outside the box in terms of an online comeback.
Earlier this year, he gave his first post-presidency interview on Newsmax, his new favorite media outlet, where he made various claims about the impact his absence has had on the platforms.
Taking main aim at Twitter, Trump said:
"I'll tell you it's not the same when you look at what's going on with Twitter, I understand it's become very boring, and millions of people are leaving."
"They are leaving it because it's not the same. And I can understand that."
Whatever helps you sleep at night, Don.
And, without wasting any time, he moved on to discuss the future he has on social media.
The interviewer asked whether he would want to move to Parler, the "free speech" social media app, to which Trump explained he was keen but cautious that the app "mechanically can't handle" the amount of traffic that would happen if he joined.
So, the solution?
Well, he'd like to create his own online platform, of course.
The former president toyed with the idea in the interview, explaining that a Trump-branded social-media platform to reach the millions of Republican voters with whom he is still extremely popular definitely isn't out of the question.
"There is also the other option of building your own site because we have more people than anybody. You can literally build your own site."
But, while we wait with bated breath for a Trump-branded social media platform to be born...
Donald and Melania's official post-presidency website was launched last month.
The website, named 45office.com, "will allow individuals to submit correspondence, scheduling requests, and press inquiries," the former first couple said in a statement.
The pair added that they "are continually strengthened by the enduring spirit of the American people, and they look forward to staying in touch."
The description for the website reads:
"The Office of Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda."
"Through this office, President Trump will remain a tireless champion for the hardworking men and women of our great country – and for their right to live in safety, dignity, prosperity, and peace."
But now, just one month later, the website has also run into some trouble - with some people highly amused.
Though the site is still up, the blog section appears to have been shut down.
So no more "EXCLUSIVE updates" from the former POTUS...
The site still boasts a "News" tab.
Although Trump senior adviser Jason Miller has encouraged fans to "stay tuned."
Could this be a precursor to Trump joining a new platform?
We have to say - we hope not.
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