Former President Donald Trump has been at war with Silicon Vally since the outset, but that war came to an unceremonious end as soon as the tech giants found reasonable cause to boot him from user-driven platforms. Everyone from Twitter to Spotify found reasons to say that the former (and at that time, current) Commander-in-Chief shouldn’t have access to their tools.
Americans were outraged, liberals were grinning from ear to ear (as if they hadn’t just ushered in censorship and congratulated themselves for it) but the end result for both was the same: no more Trump to be seen on the world wide web.
The one place that the former president has maintained a presence is through press releases, PAC information releases, and spokespeople who are able to pass along messages. Nothing, however, was like the up to the minute peek into what the unique and iconic leader thought about news in real-time.
Now, however, it appears that Trump is once again going to grace the small (and I do mean small, like handheld) screens through an alternative social media video platform.
According to Reuters, the former president announced just days ago that he would be joining Rumble, and that news was confirmed by Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski.
“It is a great way to reach the American people in a time of the unprecedented assault on free speech in our country by Big Tech tyrants,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told Reuters in an email.
It’s been six months since the former president was banned from social platforms after the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill rally devolved into violence, and at least YouTube has banned him indefinitely. Trump, however, will now have a way to create content that will be free to access, and likely completely unfiltered by algorithms or political pressure for content.
According to a report in the Independent Journal Review, the former president’s move was big news and several in Trump’s circle, including Donald Trump Jr. and former White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino made announcements about Trump’s move to the platform on Twitter prior to his rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio.
Trump’s account on the platform, which can be accessed here had more than 400,000 subscribers as of Thursday evening, and his speech in Wellington had drawn over 1,000,000 views.
While this is great news for those wanting to keep up with the president and all things Trump, it doesn’t necessarily mean to death of the other vision many saw for a future of Trump on social media.
After having left office the president, now without an outlet for his political thoughts, announced that he was considering creating his own social media platform. Information about those plans has been ebbing and flowing as the word that Trump was meeting with designers, or no he’s going to hold off. He’ll launch with what he has, no he’ll wait till he has made it perfect.
This imperfect system has lead many to believe that the tech giants on the left coast are likely still pulling strings to make sure Trump doesn’t have access to the talent or resources for a job as big as this one would no doubt be.
Hating a president, not voting for him, calling him out for his political beliefs, even actively trying to smudge the character of a candidate that you believe is unworthy; these are all normal parts of the political movement. Shutting a person’s ability to reach voters in as clear, concise and quick a manner as those running against him is flies in the face of fairness, and Americans have had enough.