If there are any historians from the future here, reading about the Last Days Of Trump, let me give you a clue about what’s really going on with Donald Trump on January 8. You might think that he’s worried about the fact that he’s being called upon to resign or worried about the fact that he’s got criminal and civil proceedings waiting for him after he leaves office, or worried about the fact that the January 6 riot has tarnished his legacy — and you would be wrong. There is one thing and one thing only that has Trump climbing the walls right now and that is the fact of his Twitter ban. He.Is.Shattered. Future historian reading these words, please take it from me: Trump never gave a damn about the White House or the presidency or any of it, except as it dovetailed with his need for constant attention and massive relevancy. And Twitter was a key element to that. And now Twitter is gone and Trump cannot handle it.
Murfster mentioned that Trump had grabbed the White House Twitter feed. So I went looking for it. And it was what you would expect.
Trump really needs this outlet. As I have said before, Twitter is his best friend, his mistress, his drinking buddy, his therapist, his stage, his journal, his townhall, his sounding board, his echo chamber, his pulpit. He needs it. And now he’s going through withdrawal, because at a time where he really needs to feel powerful and relevant and feel the assurances of the base bouncing through the ethernet, comforting him and assuring him that he’s still the center of attention, his drug of choice is gone. Twitter just cut him off cold turkey. He can’t connect. He might as well be at the bottom of a mine shaft.
Believe me, this is striking Trump to the core. He never thought this was even remotely possible. And he’s not handling it well, I would bet my life on that. Trump’s focus is transitory. It’s well known that he makes decisions based on what the last person he talked to said about a given subject. And that’s where Twitter fits in, it’s a kind of alter ego for Trump. He puts his ideas into his feed and the followers react and it’s almost a chemical exchange. And now he’s got nothing.
Of all of the stories breaking right now, this is the one to stay on top of. Trump is saying that he’s looking “at the possibilities of building out our own platform.” I’m sure he is. I’m sure he wants to replace Twitter more than anything. Because without his platform, his grifting is going to be sorely impaired. No audience, no show. And no show, no money. Sad.