I sure hope you tell me that you see this, too. This is very strange. We know that Donald Trump had a yuuge Twitter following, over 88 million. He has posted only once to that account since he was banned by Jack Dorsey and then reinstated by Elon Musk and that was to post his mugshot the day he was arrested in Fulton County, Georgia. But now there is this account, which you’re about to see, and it’s strictly for the purpose of Trump reposting his Truth Social posts. It’s got 28,000 followers. Why open up a new account when you’ve got one with 88 million sitting there? I seriously have no idea what this is. I just stumbled on this by accident. It was opened August, 2023.
To every Homeschool Family, I WILL BE YOUR CHAMPION!
(Donald J. Trump Truth Social Post 05:42 PM EST 8/31/23) pic.twitter.com/x40IkhHywh
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) August 31, 2023
Here’s what it looks like.
Time out for a moment. If nobody I’m following is following this account, that means the New York Times isn’t following it, the Daily Beast, Washington Post, I mean we could name a lot of people Trump’s allies are there in the comments, people such as Laura Loomer and Emerald Robinson. The word must be out in Trump world to abandon ship and go back to Twit-X but not the old account. There is nothing new in Trump’s old account — except that now there are only 87.2 million followers, not 88 million.
Politico ran a story a few days ago, “Trump Can’t Go Home Again.” It pointed out, “Twitter’s not the site it used to be. And he’s not the same man.” True enough.
After surrendering on Thursday at an Atlanta jail to be booked on state felony charges alleging his involvement in a criminal conspiracy to void the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump sat for a mug shot in which he scowls like a psychopath out of a Stanley Kubrick film. Trump’s next grand act of surrender was to post the picture on his Twitter account — now called X by owner Elon Musk, pedants and copy desks but by nobody who uses it — marking his first appearance there since being reinstated in November, after being booted by the service 958 days ago following the Jan. 6 riots.
Trump’s post, which garnered a healthy 1.3 million likes and 305,000 retweets, essentially concedes that his plan to build his own social media empire under the Truth Social banner is a bust. Aside from Trump’s regular posts there, Truth Social is a wasteland of brimstone and salt whose finances and corporate structure make a Rube Goldberg machine look like a Swiss watch. Except for when journalists repeat his Truth Social outbursts or report on them, that Trump account goes unnoticed. By returning to the social media outlet that helped make him “great,” Trump’s post may presage an attempt to restart the media fire of his 2016 campaign and his presidency.
1.3 million looks and 305,000 retweets is big action on the X platform. Having 28,000 followers is good for a normal person, oh yes, but it’s not a big account. What is going on?
But no man ever steps in the same river twice — it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man, as the sage said. Twitter is not the same and neither is Trump, and the media watershed that allowed Trump to politically prosper doesn’t drain the way it once did. Thanks to inertia, changing technology, fickle tastes and Musk’s determination to wreck it, the site has lost its cachet. What does that mean for Trump? […]
The environment that so nurtured Trump’s nuttism has degraded since he filled our silos with his opinions and policy statements. Many journalists still use Twitter, but the site has lost its cultural and political primacy. During his vacation from Twitter, TikTok became the world’s most popular domain, and his comments on Truth Social or at rallies no longer carried instant weight now that he was an ex-president. Even since announcing his candidacy and leading the polls, Trump has often failed to make himself Topic A in the political conversation (except for during his spurt of indictments). Even Fox News, which pampered him like a pet pig during his presidency, now gives him the cold shoulder.
Instead of being president or his party’s leading presidential candidate, Trump is mostly a multiply charged criminal defendant battling state and federal prosecutors. After dipping his toe into the new Twitter stream, it’s likely that Trump will aggressively recycle his 2015 to 2021 act on the service. But who will listen?
And who will listen to this little account with 28,000 people? I seriously have no idea what he’s doing here. The most obvious explanation is that he’s trying to replicate Truth Social on Elon Musk’s platform, in one account.