Previous guy now whines even more about his online presence (which is not a 'platform')

Donald J. Telharmonium: lots of rotating discs and not much of an effect, network or otherwise. With other elements of the Big Lie grift moving forward, Trump will unfortunately be back because of not underestimating “the power of stupid people in large groups” (George Carlin)…. on a network. The challenge is that wheels of justice do grind slowly, but they do seem to be on an arc.

According to a report from the Washington Post, social engagement surrounding Trump has plummeted to 95 per cent since January. The Post adds that, although his website received 4 million hits from the week ending May 18th, around 60 per cent of that traffic came from right-wing websites like Newsmax and the Gateway Pundit, so he hardly has a massive pull.…

Trump, who has long boasted about his ability to draw an audience online and dominate the conversation, has complained that his statements are getting nowhere near as much attention as they once did, people in his orbit have said. They say Trump is increasingly resigned to his banishment from Facebook, a penalty enacted after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and reaffirmed this month, and he’s uninterested in joining many of the conservative-friendly online alternatives that have sought to win his endorsement.

Trump’s biggest attempt yet to recapture America’s attention has severely underwhelmed the Internet — and even his own advisers. His “From the Desk of Donald Trump” blog, which he and his team have promoted heavily in TV interviews and social media posts, has in the last week been shared to Facebook on average fewer than 2,000 times a day — a staggering drop from last year, when his Facebook page fielded tens of millions of comments, shares and other interactions every week, according to data from the social media analytics firm BuzzSumo and the Facebook-owned content-tracking tool CrowdTangle.…

 ….their excuses are so untethered from anything remotely resembling good-faith argumentation that no such presumption is deserved. A better response is to point out that Republicans oppose the commission because it will incriminate them, and that their phony justifications are merely about obscuring this truth — and nothing more. Here’s a rundown:

  1. The commission is too “partisan.”
  2. The timing is all wrong.
  3. The commission has been hijacked by politics.
  4. The commission should also focus on police protests.
  5. Other existing committees should do this.

  • May 25, 2021