Politics

Pour One Out For Trump’s Short-Lived Personal Blog

Well, that was fast.

Then-President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Getty Images
Then-President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump is permanently discontinuing his blog after it was online for less than a month.

“It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Trump’s senior aide Jason Miller told CNBC. Miller said he hopes to soon “have more information” about those “broader efforts,” but reportedly did not provide any additional details.  

The former president launched “From the Desk of Donald Trump” in May, months after Facebook and Twitter banned him from their platforms in the wake of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot. Though the blog was ostensibly a solution to allow the president to share unfiltered messages with supporters, after losing his millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter, “From the Desk of Donald Trump” did not attract a large audience, according to NBC News. 

The webpage for “From the Desk of Donald Trump” now displays a contact form for people interested in receiving “EXCLUSIVE updates” via email or phone. 

When the blog launched, Fox News heralded it as a “new communications platform.” At the time, Miller disputed that characterization, saying it “is not a new social media platform.” 

On Wednesday, when asked if the blog’s removal portends Trump joining “another social media platform,” Miller said, “Yes, actually, it is. Stay tuned!”

Anyway, we’ve had Tumblr phases that lasted longer than that.

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