Donald Trump has shut down the blog-style website he launched with fanfare less than a month ago as “a beacon of freedom” and “a place to speak freely and safely.”
Jason Miller, a senior associate of the former US president, confirmed the shutdown of the online communications tool “From the Desk of Donald J Trump” in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday, just weeks after presenting the company as “an excellent resource” for the musings of his boss.
Miller has not provided any explanation for the shutdown, and it is still unclear whether this was a voluntary move or imposed by any third party, such as Trump’s removal from social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. , for having incited the murderous insurrection of the Capitol on January 6.
But in a tweeted response to a Republican activist wondering if this move was “a precursor to him joining another social media platform,” Miller said, “Yes, in fact, it does. Watch this place. “
In the statement to CNBC, Miller attempted to describe the short-lived project as “ancillary to the larger efforts that we have and are working on.”
The Trump blog, the mouthpiece for its false claims about a rigged 2020 presidential election, failed to gain traction and on May 21, the Washington Post reported it had attracted an “incredibly small audience.”
Last weekend, the website mysteriously crashed after Trump published more lies about the bizarre Arizona election “audit” that the former president said provides proof that Joe Biden’s victory was “stolen,” despite the failure of dozens of lawsuits challenging the outcome, and local, state and national officials declaring 2020 the safest election in US history.
Meanwhile, without proof, Trump insisted there were “broken seals on the ballot box, missing ballots and worse” in Arizona. Shortly after the entry was posted, the website reported a URL processing error and the blog page went completely blank.
Visitors to donaldjtrump.com on Wednesday found only an archive of Trump’s media statements dating back to January and a link to an online store of Trump merchandise.
Trump and his cronies have long denounced social media platforms for their perceived bias against him, and despite the apparent unique popularity of his posts. When Trump’s account was permanently suspended on Twitter, he had nearly 90 million followers.
Facebook’s watchdog, meanwhile, ruled last month that its ban should not be lifted, but left the door open for “a final decision” within six months.
The closure of his blog comes as Trump, who is planning a second presidential run in 2024, prepares to return to campaign rallies for the first time since he instigated crowds of supporters to invade the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6 in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
On Saturday, he will speak at the North Carolina Republicans state convention in Greenville and is planning a series of public events over the summer in other battlefield states, including Florida and Ohio.