Trump’s short-lived blog abruptly shuts down
Trump's blog, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump", was his way around a social media ban. Now, it's gone.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Just about a month after it was first announced, former President Donald Trump has shut down the blog portion of his website. Trump used the blog to post statements after being banned from major social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, Trump’s senior aide Jason Miller confirmed with ABC News.
As of this week, the “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” section of Trump’s official website has been removed and “will not be returning,” Miller first told CNBC.
The blog-like page was launched in the beginning of May 2021.
Miller downplayed the blog as “just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” and has hinted that a new platform from the former president could be coming.
On top of the blog’s stream of Trump’s statements, he also had them emailed out to his followers.
Miller didn’t give any specific details regarding a new social platform from the Trump team, saying that he hoped “to have more information on the broader efforts soon, but I do not have a precise awareness of timing.”
The abrupt news of the blog’s closing comes during reports of dismal readership. The Washington Post wrote a report detailing the blog’s poor digital impact compared to the reach Trump’s tweets used to have.
With numbers taken from a recent week, web metrics from the Post’s report indicated that the blog had “been shared to Facebook on average fewer than 2,000 times a day–a staggering drop from [Trump’s Tweets] last year.”
Since being booted from mainstream social media platforms last year, Trump’s content on his blog and emails has been a steady stream of candidate endorsements and statements commenting on the news of the day.
According to the Post, online discussion around Donald Trump has plummeted to a five-year low, with Trump-based social engagement in January tanking 95 percent to its lowest level since 2016.
The former president has also made regular appearances on pro-Trump media outlets like Fox News shows, OANN, and Newsmax.