Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to launch a new communications platform, coming several months after he was suspended from Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.
The platform appears on Trump’s personal website. It includes social-media-like posts from the former president that can be shared to Facebook and Twitter.
It’s not clear whether the website will be developed into a full-fledged social media website. Currently, it’s not possible to create user accounts or reply to Trump’s posts, and Trump is the only poster.
“Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming,” reads Trump’s latest post. “She is so low that her only chance would be if vast numbers of people run against her which, hopefully, won’t happen. They never liked her much, but I say she’ll never run in a Wyoming election again!”
Following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, Trump was suspended from Facebook and Twitter—with Twitter’s ban being indefinite. Facebook’s oversight board is slated to render a decision on Wednesday whether to allow the former commander-in-chief to return.
“The reaction to our decision shows the delicate balance private companies are being asked to strike,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said in a company blog post in January. “Some said that Facebook should have banned President Trump long ago, and that the violence on the Capitol was itself a product of social media; others that it was an unacceptable display of unaccountable corporate power over political speech,” he added.
In a video posted on Jan. 6, Trump called on protesters to “go home peacefully” and said that “we love you” and “you’re very special,” prompting concerns that he was speaking affectionately to the individuals who breached the Capitol, rather than the larger, more peaceful crowd who attended rallies at the time.
Since being de-platformed, Trump has relied on sending out emailed statements to issue endorsements and offer criticisms of certain politicians.