Without Twitter, Trump Seeks New Ways To Speak Out On Biden, GOP Critics

Former President Donald Trump has returned to sparring with Republican critics, insulting Democrats, and making dubious claims about election integrity, but life outside the Oval Office presents new communication challenges, especially without access to major social media platforms.

On Friday, Trump released a lengthy statement denouncing the immigration and border security policies of his successor. He accused President Joe Biden of “disastrous leadership” and warned of a “spiraling tsunami at the border.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell expects Trump will continue putting out statements and periodically delivering speeches to supplant his loss of Twitter. His reach is more limited than it used to be, but a large and eager audience still wants to hear what he has to say and will readily amplify it.

“This is the party of Donald John Trump,” O’Connell said. “Unfortunately, he has been censored or blocked or de-platformed from major social media where he’d otherwise post these statements. He’s doing what the kingmaker in the Republican Party does to get his message out.”

Without the megaphone of social media or the bully pulpit of the White House, Trump is suddenly dependent on others to get his message out for him. The words of a former president remain newsworthy and journalists widely shared his latest statements, but avoiding the filter of the media is exactly why Trump placed such high value on tweeting as a candidate and president.

“What’s happened is, the traditional public square of getting information out has moved online. In some ways, it’s a hindrance to Trump, but it’s not crippling,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell dismissed suggestions of dissension in the Republican Party or resistance to Trump, arguing the base is united on the goal of taking back the House in 2022 and using Trump’s playbook to do it. The CPAC poll found 95% of attendees want the GOP to continue advancing Trump’s policies, even if many would prefer someone else at the helm.

“Everyone’s on the same page... Whether or not Trump is the next nominee, what you see in that poll is love for his ‘America First’ agenda,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at abc6

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published this page in In The News 2021-03-06 13:46:38 -0500
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