After getting hit with a ban from both Twitter and Facebook, former President Donald Trump eventually launched a blog called “From the Desk of Donald Trump” through which he has been sporadically releasing the kind of aggrieved, delusional, and deeply pathetic statements we’ve come to expect from the man. On this new little website of his, he enjoys a far smaller reach than he had with his massive Twitter account and one can only imagine how much that enrages him.
The New York Times‘s Maggie Haberman reports that Trump “appears to be angry” at Fox News because in an article about his blog the conservative outlet referred to it as a “platform.” The particular word choice seems to have upset the disgraced former president for some inexplicable reason.
“This is meant to be a temporary way of getting my thoughts and ideas out to the public without the Fake News spin, but the website is not a ‘platform,'” said Trump in a statement. Again, it’s unclear what his issue with the word “platform” is, but the idea that this a temporary solution to the president’s communication woes is wishful thinking on his part.
It’s unclear if Twitter and Facebook will ever let Trump back on their platforms in large part because they correctly identify the danger that he poses to our democracy. The deadly January 6th insurrection proved that there is no low to which this man will not sink to maintain a grasp on power.
If he had maintained his access to Twitter and Facebook there’s no telling what might have happened in the months following the Capitol siege. It’s entirely possible that he would have incited even more violence. It simply isn’t worth the risk of letting him back onto these sites. He’ll just have to settle for his current “platform.”
Trump appears to be angry at Fox News for calling his new blog a “platform” in their story about it. “This is meant to be a temporary way of getting my thoughts and ideas out to the public without the Fake News spin, but the website is not a ‘platform,’” per statement.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 24, 2021
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