Former President Donald Trump has been quite busy on his new blog, airing grievances with his enemies and gloating about anything he perceives as a victory, such as Liz Cheney’s ousting from House leadership.
On Wednesday, Trump fired up the blog to trash Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security chief of staff during his administration, and the author of the infamous (then) “anonymous” op-ed against Trump in The New York Times.
Taylor also endorsed President Joe Biden and has recently threatened to a new, moderate conservative party to compete with the ever increasing Trump influence over the GOP.
Trump’s tirade against Taylor escalated quickly:
“Some people refer to him as ‘absolutely nothing. I hear he is on CNN and MSDNC all the time, but he had nothing to do with any of my decisions, and I wouldn’t even know what he looks like. He is the guy who fraudulently wrote a make-believe book and statement to the failing New York Times calling himself ‘Anonymous.’ That’s right, he, a lowlife that I didn’t know, was Anonymous. Now he’s putting together a group of RINOs and Losers who are coming out to protest President Trump.”
Trump has, in fact, been photographed with Taylor, but that fact, as with most facts that contradict him, didn’t stop Trump from continuing his ranting and raving:
“He is a phony who will probably be sued over his fake book and fake ‘Anonymous’ editorial, which caused so much treasonous stir. Miles Taylor and his fellow RINO losers like Tom Ridge, Christine Todd Whitman, and Crazy Barbara Comstock voted for Biden, and now look what they have — a socialist regime with collapsing borders, massive tax and regulation hikes, unrest in the Middle East, and long gas lines. He is even giving us men setting new records playing women’s sports. What a disaster for our Country (sic) it has been!”
Trump set up the blog, called From the Desk of Donald J Trump, after major social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter banned him in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol building that he incited.
Following last week’s news that Facebook will maintain its ban on Trump’s account, he issued a statement blasting tech companies for what he sees as a concerted assault on free expression:
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before.”
“The People of our Country will not stand for it!. These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”
In the days after the blog was launched, Trump, or someone working on his behalf, tried to find a loophole in the Twitter ban by starting an account with the handle “@DJTDesk” on Twitter, with a bio section stating that the handle would be exclusively for “Posts copied from Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS; Originally composed via DonaldJTrump/Desk.”
Within hours, the account was suspended.
A Twitter spokesperson explained to NBC News:
“As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.”
One of the saddest things to happen on Trump’s incredibly sad little blog so far was the serious bootlicking done by Marco Rubio, who gushed over being mentioned by Trump on the blog in an email to his donors:
Rubio may need to temper his expectations of how much being mentioned on the Trump blog really means, as polling shows that the blog is widely unpopular, even among Trump supporters.
Mediaite explains: The much-derided site, which aggregates the Florida resident’s tweet-like official statements but contains no interactive features beyond the ability to share those statements — was the subject of a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.
Respondents were told “As you may know, former President Trump has a new social media website, ’From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.’,” and then were asked “How much do you expect to be engaging with this new website?”
“Among all respondents, just 29 percent said they would be engaging with the site “A lot” (12%) or “Some” (17%), while 71 percent responded “Not Much” or “Not at all.”
Things were better among respondents who voted for Trump in 2020 — although not as much as you might think. Nearly half — 46 percent — responded “Not Much” or “Not at all,” and just 22 percent said they would be engaging with the site “a lot.”