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Donald Trump was banned by the major social media sites in January following the riot at the Capitol Building he neither called for nor sanctioned.
And frankly, it’s been torture for millions of his supporters seeing him effectively removed from platforms many have called the modern-day tech versions of ‘the town square.’
But as astute observers always anticipated, Trump wasn’t going to be silenced for long, since a man of his wealth and stature could essentially create his own platform.
That appears to be exactly what he has done.
The Guardian reports:
Donald Trump will soon use “his own platform” to return to social media, an adviser said on Sunday, months after the former president was banned from Twitter…
Trump has chafed in relative silence at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since losing his Twitter account and the protections and powers of office. Recently he has released short and combative statements which many observers have likened to his tweets of old.
Speculation has also been rife that Trump might seek to create his own TV network in an attempt to prise viewers from Fox News, which was first to call the crucial state of Arizona for Joe Biden on election night, to Trump’s considerable anger.
But on Sunday adviser Jason Miller told Fox News social media was the immediate target.
Trump will be “returning to social media in two or three months”, Miller told Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz, with “his own platform” that will “completely redefine the game” and attract “tens of millions” of users.
Trump was getting improperly “fact-checked” by Twitter for months before the speech Nazis there booted him and banned him, despite the fact that he was the platform’s best-known user, giving Twitter founder Jack Dorsey billions in free marketing.
Shortly thereafter, the rest of the major tech platforms ‘fell in line’ and banned him as well, including Instagram and Facebook. But given the president’s penchant to always be top-of-mind in the conversation and the news cycle, it was only a matter of time before he found a way to reach Americans again.
“He’s already had over 20 senators, over 50 members of Congress call … or make the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago,” Miller told Kurtz. He also teased that the media should “pay attention to Georgia on Monday” because Trump has a “big endorsement coming.”
It’s not clear whom Trump may be about to endorse, but earlier he touted former NFL star Hershel Walker as someone who ought to challenge Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in next year’s race.
Indeed, a recent from the Trafalgar Group finds that Walker, a Republican who has never run for office, would beat Warnock.
The Western Journal reported:
The poll shows that Walker had the support of 47.7 percent of participants in the poll compared to just 45.5 percent for Warnock, who defeated former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of two runoff elections in Georgia during the first week of 2021 that handed control of the Senate to the Democrats. The poll reported a margin of error of +/- 2.88 percentage points.
This information comes as Walker has received a boost from former President Donald Trump, a longtime friend who praised the former University of Georgia star in a statement.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Trump said. “He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”
And soon, it appears, the president will be able to once again make his successful endorsements virtually, and instantly, to millions.