Donald Trump was forced to face his drastically diminished online presence this week, as a two-year suspension from Facebook for inciting the attack on Capitol Hill followed the closure of his blog, an effort that failed to attract an audience.
However, the former president was ready to return to the public arena Saturday night, with a speech to the North Carolina Republican Convention in Greenville.
Trump, who will turn 75 on June 14, was charged with inciting the attack on Capitol Hill as part of his lie that his electoral defeat was the result of massive fraud. He was acquitted thanks to Republican supporters in Congress, who also blocked a bipartisan investigation on January 6, and he remains eligible to run again. The former president will reportedly hold rallies this summer in other heavily contested states, including Florida and Georgia.
In Arizona, meanwhile, emails released on Friday the Republican president of the state Senate said Trump called her after his loss to Joe Biden in November to thank him “for pushing to prove any fraud.”
The emails help to understand the evolution of Trump’s “big lie” about alleged electoral fraud, and how that lie fueled both a controversial election audit in Arizona and the deadly assault on the Capitol.
Beating Twitter by a day, Facebook suspended Trump on January 7, the day after the attack on Capitol Hill. On Friday, it announced that it would follow the recommendation of its independent oversight board.
“Given the seriousness of the circumstances that led to Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a serious violation of our rules that merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols.” saying Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs for Facebook.
Suspending Facebook would be a devastating blow to most politicians with national ambitions – it is a key platform for fundraising as well as attempts to persuade. But Trump’s response appeared to provoke his return.
“The next time I am in the White House, there will be no more dinners, at your request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife,” Trump said. “Everything will be business!”
It was also widely reported that Trump believes he will be reinstated in the White House in August, when voter fraud is proven. Analysts call that a fantasy.
The reality of Trump’s ambition to return may be about to be tested. The New York Times reported on Saturday his political operation has been reduced “to a motley crew of former advisers … reminiscent of the core cast of characters who helped lead a political neophyte to his unlikely victory in 2016.”
Most of these advisers, the Times said, “go days or weeks without interacting with Trump in person.”
Trump’s public appeal also appears to have waned. Although he currently travels to Manhattan from his New Jersey golf club to work at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue “at least once a week,” the Times said, his commute to work attracts little attention. In his office, he is “mostly alone, with two assistants and a few men from the corps.” He no longer has the company of lifelong cronies, employees or children, the Times said.
It was unclear what Trump planned to say in North Carolina, although an aide, Jason Miller, this week followed the attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the senior public health official who regularly disagreed with Trump and whom Republicans across America they have ridiculed. its role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most polls show Trump’s grip on the Republican party to be strong, making him, as the Times noted, “the trailblazer for the presidential nomination in 2024.”
Revelations about his communications with Republicans in Arizona will excite supporters and enrage opponents. E-mails acquired for American oversight, a legal watchdog, and released on Friday showed how Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, pressured officials to act and how a controversial election audit was set up in Arizona’s most populous county.
Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia are prominent among states that produced Biden victories that Trump and his supporters insist were won by fraud. They were not.
Election day was November 3. Biden was declared the winner four days later, by more than 7 million votes and 306-232 in the electoral college, the score with which Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, a result Trump called overwhelming.
Regardless, Trump went on the offensive with a frenzied legal effort led by Giuliani and almost entirely laughed out of court.
In an email released On Friday, December 2, Karen Fann, president of the Arizona state senate, told two voters that she had spoken with Giuliani “at least six times in the last two weeks.”
Threatened at the end of the month with being called up by “the new patriot movement in the United States,” Fann wrote that the state Senate was “doing everything legally possible to have the forensic audit done.”
Maricopa County Republicans mounted a ballot audit. Most analysts see the audit as part of concerted attempts by Republicans in state governments to restrict access to voting or produce laws by which the results can be overturned.
In the emails published by American Oversight, Fann He said the threatening constituent action he had taken “in numerous conversations with Rudy Guiliani [sic] for the last few weeks trying to do this. “
She added: “I have his full support and a personal call from President Trump thanking us for pushing to prove any fraud.”
Fann also told a constituent concerned about the use of taxpayer money: “Biden won. 45% of all Arizona voters believe there is a problem with the electoral system. The audit is to refute those theories or find ways to improve the system. “
Another right-wing network, Newsmax, has said it will show Trump’s return to public speaking on Saturday.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism