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Trump's widely-mocked new blog shows he is now just 'shouting into the void,' say social media experts
  • Donald Trump's new blog shows he is now just "shouting into the void," since being banned by Facebook and Twitter, say experts.
  • Trump has struggled for attention since the bans announced in January.
  • "A challenge for Trump is that the most effective online engagement requires interaction," said Peter Loge, a communications expert.
Former President Donald Trump's new "communication platform" launched this week was widely mocked as little more than a "glorified blog."

The site — revealed on Tuesday — followed Trump's longtime adviser Jason Miller promising that Trump would soon create a social media platform that would "completely redefine the game" on social media.

Instead, Trump's new site, which is attached to an existing website used to sell Make America Great Again merchandise, merely contains short blocks of text and little interaction, making it more reminiscent of a political blog from the mid-noughties.

Nu Wexler, a former Google and Facebook executive and Democratic operative, tweeted simply: "He's launching a blog."

Miller has since insisted that Trump's new website is not the social media platform he has spent months hyping and that this will still emerge "in the very near future."

However, the fact that Trump still has to communicate with his followers via statements posted to his own website illustrates the scale of the challenge he faces in gaining a fraction of the attention he enjoyed before he was banned from social media platforms.

Trump has struggled for attention since he was kicked off Facebook and Twitter in January in the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6.

The drop-off has been dramatic: The media intelligence agency Newswhip found that social media interactions about former President Donald Trump have fallen by around 91% since January.

Trump's campaign had initially resorted to mailing out tweet-length statements which would make their way via journalists onto Twitter and into news reports.

And while his new communications site represents something of an upgrade from that, the absence of truly interactive features on his new blog means he is going to continue struggling to generate anywhere near as much internet attention as he did on the mainstream platforms.

"A challenge for Trump is that the most effective online engagement requires interaction," Peter Loge, associate professor school of media and public affairs at the George Washington University, told Insider.

"Fans want to feel as if they have a relationship with their favorite celebrity. These "parasocial relationships" are what keep fans coming back and buying more stuff," he said.

"At this point, Trump is just shouting into the void. He isn't letting anyone shout back."
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Americans can't keep ignoring the dozens of states sneaking through laws that attack the right to protest and make it more dangerous to take to the streets
  • Republican-led state legislatures in several dozen states have passed laws severely limiting the right to protest.
  • This is a consequence of a GOP takeover at the state level while Democrats focus on the federal level.
  • Americans need to pay attention to what's going on in their states or it will be too late.
The Republican party is waging an attack on our democracy at the state level — and getting away with it.

In the past few weeks, bills have been passed through Republican-led legislatures in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Montana, Florida, and several other states.

These bills include draconian provisions to limit peaceful protest, like increasing penalties for blocking streets, expanding the definition of a riot so that it applies to groups as small as three people, and making it legally defensible for drivers to run over protesters with their cars. The bills are a clear response to the unprecedented wave of predominantly peaceful protests against police brutality and systemic racism that swept over the country last summer in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and the indigenous-led protests that target projects that expand fossil fuel infrastructure.

Recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis became the fourth Republican governor to sign what he called an "anti-riot" bill into Florida law. The new law in Florida empowers the state to overrule municipalities' decisions to reduce police budgets and makes it a felony to destroy historical structures, including (Confederate) flags and memorials, during protests. It also grants civil immunity to people driving into crowds of protesters.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a similar law, enacting criminal penalties for those protesting in the street, while granting criminal and civil immunity to drivers who harm said protesters.

These driver immunity bills would make it legally defensible for people like neo-Nazi James Alex Fields to drive their cars into peaceful protests and hit innocent protesters like Heather Heyer, who was killed when she was hit by Fields' car while demonstrating against the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Participants in the January 6 insurgency in Washington, DC should consider themselves extremely lucky no such law was in place when they marched without a legal permit from the demonstration at the Washington Monument to storm the US Capitol.

Across the country, while efforts to limit voting have been introduced in most states and have gained substantial attention, more than 90 bills have been simultaneously introduced across 35 states that aim to reduce citizen's right to assemble and protest. These attacks on the very foundation of democratic participation — voting and peaceful assembly — are the most recent example of a coordinated effort by the Right to target policies at the state-level while all eyes are on a new Democratic president and his high-profile efforts to implement progressive change at the federal level.

... If the past six years have taught us anything, it is that it is very easy to distract Americans from what is most important. We, the people, are capable of great collective change when we're paying attention. If we don't start paying attention and pushing against this frightening trend to limit political participation in our democracy at the state level, by the time this attack on democracy hits the national level, it will be much too late to stop it.
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A peek inside the Trump family's coddled new life in Florida, where they've hunkered down in mansions as locals' protests outside the gates boil down to grudging acceptance
  • Residents and local reporter Julia Echikson say the Trump family is laying low in Florida.
  • Don Jr. is moving into a $9.7 million mansion in Admirals Cove while Tiffany house hunts in Miami.
  • Angry neighbors in Palm Beach are resigned to seeing Donald Trump for at least half the year.
When Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, made an offer in January for an $11 million, seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom baroque mansion overlooking the Florida Intercoastal waterway in the luxurious Admirals Cove gated community, 30 residents protested.

They raised concerns about the publicity and politics of their new neighbors to the general manager of the property owners association. The former president's son didn't publicly comment on the dispute. The protests eventually dissipated, allowing the couple to close on their new house in March.

The entire Trump family has decamped to South Florida, attracted by the year-round golf and supportive political landscape.

Father Donald Trump with his wife Melania and son Barron took up residence at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the uber-wealthy island community of Palm Beach for his first few months post-presidency. It's since been announced that he'll soon temporarily relocate to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to escape Florida's hurricane season. It's what he's done for 20 years, Florida Republican operative Larry Casey told the Daily Mail — spend winters in Florida, then head north.

Daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, meanwhile, are settling in Miami. While Lara, the wife of brother Eric, has teased a possible senate run in her native North Carolina, the couple bought a $3.2 million mansion in March, a mere five miles from Don Jr.'s new quarters.

For a family that's long loved the lime limelight and controversy, the strangest thing about the Trumps is how they're keeping low profiles in their post-presidential homes. They settled in without making a fuss, eyeing real-estate opportunities and enjoying the Florida sunshine. Even their angry neighbors and political opponents in ritzy Palm Beach, initially frightened that the Trumps would disturb their exclusive paradise, are resigned to seeing them stay for at least half the year.

"I would not invite him [Donald Trump] to dinner: he's terribly selfish and self-centered — and that doesn't make for good company," Palm Beach resident Michael Rubin, 78, who teaches architecture at a local college, told Insider. But he's conscious of the fact that he can't stop the former president from being his neighbor. To him, living a few miles away from the club is enough distance away from Trump: "I never have to go near Mar-a-Lago."

The former president is helping calm potential tension by laying low. Visits from Republican leaders take place in private, behind the Mar-a-Lago's fortress-like walls. Banned from Twitter, Trump is reduced to publishing occasional statements through his Save America PAC. Apart from a speech at CPAC in February, he's held no news conferences in his new home. When he's a guest on Fox News, he doesn't even show his face, opting to call in.

... Trump ventures out of Mar-a-Lago only to play golf at his nearby Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, said a local who's known the former president for decades. He doesn't shop on Worth Avenue with its luxury boutiques or dine out at Palm Beach's packed restaurants.

His social life is limited to appearances at Mar-a-Lago parties. In March, the tuxedoed former president took the mike at a wedding celebration to bemoan his failed 2020 presidential bid.

The pomp and ceremony of the winter White House have vanished. Police no longer need to barricade the island's main road, South Ocean Boulevard, which created traffic jams during his presidential stays. A few armed secret-service agents and club staff stand guard at the club's two entrances, checking the occasional entering car. The hordes of Trump supporters, who greeted Trump during his presidency, are gone. These days, only a few camera-toting tourists gawk outside Mar-a-Lago.

Last month, as cars quickly drove past, this reporter saw Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Guilfoyle stand in front of the club's entrance unnoticed, without any adoring fans, peering droves of journalists, or photographers.

... "Habitual liars have always done well here," eighth-generation Floridian Diane Roberts, author of "Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, And Other Florida Wildlife," told Insider. She pointed to "dubious people" who settled in Florida, such as infamous gangster Al Capone, deposed Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle, and convicted felon O.J. Simpson.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.