Something you may have noticed over the last two and a half months is the distinct lack of unhinged rantings and ravings from the leader of the free world. Obviously, that’s because Donald Trump is no longer president and Joe Biden isn’t really one for logging onto his phone at 2 a.m. to challenge his opponents to physical altercations, declaring that they “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way”.
But whereas the early days of Biden’s presidency could have been colored by a never-ending tide of batshit-crazy commentary from his predecessor, instead we’ve enjoyed a blissful Trump-free era thanks to Twitter and Facebook’s decisions to ban the 45th president from their platforms, after he used his final missives to tell the people who attacked the Capitol “You’re very special,” “We love you,” and “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”
Since then, Trump has attempted a work-around by dictating his largely incomprehensible thoughts to someone on his staff who then releases them in the form of a “statement” from his office, whereupon they make their way to Twitter and other forums. Unfortunately, that mode of communication has apparently been less than satisfying to the ex-president, who clearly prefers to vomit his ideas directly into his followers’ timelines. And with considerable time on his hands down at Mar-a-Lago, he’s reportedly plotting a return to the days in which he would spend hours sharing every unintelligible thought that popped into his head, sometimes to the tune of 200 posts in the span of 24 hours.
In an interview with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on Sunday, longtime Trump adviser Jason Miller declared “We’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform.” While insisting he couldn’t go into further detail, Miller added that companies are supposedly banging down Trump’s door to get a piece of his famously incoherent rants. “There have been a lot of high-power meetings he’s been having at Mar-a-Lago with some teams of folks who have been coming in, and…it’s not just one company that’s approached the president, there have been numerous companies,” Miller said. “But I think the president does know what direction he wants to head here and this new platform is going to be big and everyone wants him, he’s gonna bring millions and millions, tens of millions of people to this new platform.” (The Trump adviser also claimed he had been told by a reporter that Trump’s statements since being banned from Twitter and Facebook have been “much more elegant” and “more presidential.” That’s an interesting take considering that one of these “elegant” statements read: “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t president, you wouldn‘t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”)
While it’s unclear when exactly we can expect (read: brace for) Trump’s return to the internet, we do have a good idea of what to expect once he does start posting again, i.e. the same completely baseless grievances he was screaming about in the final weeks of his presidency. In an interview released on Monday, the ex-president said the Supreme Court’s justices should be “ashamed of themselves” for refusing to overturn the 2020 election. So it’ll undoubtedly be a lot of that, in addition to alternatively claiming that Biden is hiding in the White House basement and taking performance-enhancing drugs. He’ll presumably also encourage his followers to commit violent acts against his enemies and agitate for the Republicans who voted to impeach him to be expelled from Congress. Oh, and promote insane conspiracy theories—that’ll undoubtedly be part of his new social media strategy.
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