Former President Donald Trump’s blog, which he used to publish views after larger social media networks banned him, has been permanently shut down, according to his spokeswoman.
After becoming live less than a month ago, the page “Off the Desk of Donald J. Trump” has been removed from Trump’s website.
His senior assistant Jason Miller told CNBC that it “will not be returning.”
Miller explained via email, “It was just auxiliary to the bigger efforts we have and are working on.”
He wouldn’t go into any more detail regarding the initiatives.
Miller added, “I’m hoping to have more information on the broader activities shortly, but I don’t have a clear sense of timeframe.”
When asked if the action was a “precursor” to the former president joining “another social networking platform” later Wednesday, Miller said, “Yes, yes, it is.” “Be on the lookout!”
After the then-supporters president’s stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, Facebook and Twitter barred Trump from posting on their sites. Trump, who has never conceded to Vice President Joe Biden, erroneously claimed on social media after the election on Nov. 3 that the race had been stolen from him.
Trump and his supporters have long claimed that social media behemoths are tainted by political prejudice and are prone to silencing conservatives. The former president has hinted at the launch of a competing platform.
However, the blog, which was presented last month as a new “communications platform,” was ill-equipped to compete with the top social media companies.
On Twitter at the time, Miller explained that the “Desk” website was “a terrific resource” for finding Trump’s words, but that “this is not a new social media platform.”
Trump had tens of millions of Twitter followers and millions on Facebook when he imposed his social media ban in January.
Trump’s blog, on the other hand, struggled to garner even a percent of that attention, according to data collated by BuzzSumo and reported by NBC News a week after its inception.
Since leaving office on Jan. 20, the former president has made only a few in-person appearances and has only given interviews to sympathetic media outlets. He has strongly intimated that he may run for president again in 2024.
Trump released official remarks through his surrogates, his office, and his political action committee, Save America, between his departure from the White House and the debut of his short-lived blog in May.
On Wednesday afternoon, Trump’s PAC released a new statement criticising Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey as a RINO — a pejorative term for “Republican in name only” — for vetoing a measure that would have banned so-called critical race theory training for government employees.