Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

Donald Trump will soon use “his own platform” to return to social media, an adviser said on Sunday, months after the former president was banned from Twitter for inciting the US Capitol riot.

Trump has chafed in relative silence at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since losing his Twitter account and the protections and powers of office. Recently he has released short and combative statements which many observers have likened to his tweets of old.

Speculation has also been rife that Trump might seek to create his own TV network in an attempt to prise viewers from Fox News, which was first to call the crucial state of Arizona for Joe Biden on election night, to Trump’s considerable anger.

But on Sunday adviser Jason Miller told Fox News social media was the immediate target.

Trump will be “returning to social media in two or three months”, Miller told Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz, with “his own platform” that will “completely redefine the game” and attract “tens of millions” of users.

Trump, his supporters and prominent conservatives alleged bias from major social media platforms even before the events of 6 January, when five people including a police officer died as a mob stormed the Capitol, seeking at Trump’s urging to overturn his election defeat.

In the aftermath of the attack, Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Instagram. Rightwing platforms including Gab and Parler have come under intense scrutiny amid ongoing investigations of the Capitol putsch.

Trump was impeached for inciting the attack but acquitted when only seven Republican senators voted with Democrats to convict.

He therefore remains free to run for office again and has dominated polls regarding prospective Republican nominees in 2024, raising impressive political donations even while his business fortunes suffer amid legal investigations.

On Sunday, Miller emphasised the hold Trump retains on his party.

“He’s already had over 20 senators, over 50 members of Congress call … or make the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago,” Miller said, adding that the media should “pay attention to Georgia on Monday” because Trump has a “big endorsement coming”.

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