Trump Launches ‘From The Desk of Donald J. Trump’ As New Platform Comeback

Trump Launches ‘From The Desk of Donald J. Trump’ As New Platform Comeback

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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May 4, 2021

Former President Trump launched a new online communication platform Tuesday to “freely and safely” communicate directly with his followers after big tech took unprecedented steps in purging the 45th president accounts earlier this year.

The online platform has the catchy title, called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” where it can be accessed through Trump’s website on the page, donaldjtrump.com/desk.

The promotional 30-second video featured as its first recent post on the new Trump page declares the platform as a “beacon of freedom” and “a place to speak freely and safely.” The voiceover features audio of President Biden’s White House adviser Susan Rice saying, “remove Donald Trump and consign those who supported him in the Senate to the trash heap of history.”

“In a time of silence and lies,” the video reads with a voiceover playing audio of a news reporter saying, “Twitter permanently banning the Commander-in-Chief’s personal account with the 88 million followers.”

“A beacon of freedom arises. A place to speak freely and safely,” the video continues, showing the new platform. “Straight from the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”

The platform feed contains Trump’s recent statements he has sent out over an email blast in the last several weeks.

While the platform currently does not have a “reply” feature for users to engage or post comments on Trump’s posts, it does have the ability, as of now, to allow users to share the links of Trump’s post to their own Twitter or Facebook accounts.

“This is just a one-way communication,” a source familiar with the online space told Fox News, who was first to report on Trump’s new platform. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers.”

The new Trump site has a sign-up list for people to enter their phone numbers and email addresses to receive notification alerts when Trump posts a new message. It also does not appear that the site is using advertisers, but it does have a direct link for users to donate to Trump’s super PAC, “Save America.”

On the website “About” page, it includes a statement touting Trump’s administration and a slew of mission statements, including key platform of Trump such as, “We embrace free thought, we welcome robust debate, and we are not afraid to stand up to the oppressive dictates of political correctness” as well as “We believe in FREE SPEECH and Fair Elections. We must ensure fair, honest, transparent, and secure elections going forward – where every LEGAL VOTE counts.”

“Over the past four years, my administration delivered for Americans of all backgrounds like never before. Save America is about building on those accomplishments, supporting the brave conservatives who will define the future of the America First Movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country. Save America is also about ensuring that we always keep America

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First, in our foreign and domestic policy,” the “About” page reads.

The launch comes as Facebook’s independent Oversight Board Instagram is prepared to announce its decision on Wednesday morning as to whether it will lift the suspension and reinstate Trump’s accounts on both Facebook and Instagram.

Trump was permanently de-platformed from Twitter following the Capitol riots on Jan 6. In a tweet, the blue-bird social media platforms stated that “after close review of recent Tweets,” Trump’s account would be suspended permanently “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” At the time the former president was banned from Twitter, Trump had more than 89 million followers and would be his go-to online platform where he would announce breaking news or unleash his wrath on those who crossed him.

Other big tech platforms began to follow Twitter’s footsteps, with Facebook indefinitely suspending Trump’s account on both Facebook and Instagram platforms just a week later. After Twitter and Facebook actions, Google then suspended Trump’s YouTube channel. Reddit also banned some pro-Trump forums, while Snapchat, who had prior limited Trump’s activity on its network, announced that it would permanently ban his account on his final day of his presidency.

The unprecedented step in banning a sitting president was a decision Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said to have expressed regret in “having to take these actions.” In a series of tweets,  Dorsey defended the move from Twitter but warned that it would set a “dangerous” precedent by empowering an “individual or corporation” on who can exercise their First Amendment rights.

In late March, Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller revealed to Fox News that the former president is planning to make a return to social media within the next “two or three months” with “his own platform.”

It’s unknown at the moment if the newly debuted online space will be a temporary means to communicate with supporters until his highly anticipated own social media platform is fully launched.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

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