Trump doesn't have to tweet something or post something on Facebook to effectively use both platforms as the conveyance belt to frame the discussion and the narrative about whatever stupidity of the moment has come out of his mouth. — Steve Schmidt, GOP strategist and a co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project
Trump doesn't have to tweet something or post something on Facebook to effectively use both platforms as the conveyance belt to frame the discussion and the narrative about whatever stupidity of the moment has come out of his mouth. — Steve Schmidt, GOP strategist and a co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project

Donald Trump would wave around a lug wrench and it'll rile up his base. He'll use almost anything. — Jesse Ferguson, Democratic political strategist
Donald Trump would wave around a lug wrench and it'll rile up his base. He'll use almost anything. — Jesse Ferguson, Democratic political strategist

Trump is banned from Facebook and Twitter, but experts say he 'absolutely' wouldn't need them to run for president again
  • Trump remains banned from Twitter permanently and from Facebook until at least January 2023.
  • Even if he never regains access, experts say he won't need the platforms to win the presidency.
  • There's been growing speculation that the former President will run for office in the next election.
Former President Donald Trump remains banned from Twitter and Facebook.

Those megaphones were useful for him during his presidency, but he won't have them in the years running up to 2024, when he is speculated to run for office again (Twitter has banned him permanently, and Facebook has until at least January 2023.)

But experts told Insider that he "absolutely" does not need them to win in such a hypothetical scenario.

That's because of a few reasons: his "loyal soldiers" and critics alike already have already made up their minds about him, so reaching vast swaths of people through mainstream social sites wouldn't necessarily persuade them either way.

Experts also agreed that the right-wing media ecosystem is sufficient enough for him to get his message across anyway.

"Trump doesn't have to tweet something or post something on Facebook to effectively use both platforms as the conveyance belt to frame the discussion and the narrative about whatever stupidity of the moment has come out of his mouth," Steve Schmidt, a GOP strategist and a co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, told Insider.

Trump may have had a direct line to millions of people via Twitter and Facebook during his presidency, but Jesse Ferguson — a Democratic political strategist and former press secretary for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016 — told Insider that platforms like Twitter were more about self-reinforcement for Trump rather than part of a communication strategy.

"Donald Trump tweets things because he needs people to press like and retweet as if it's affirmation for him," Ferguson said.

... "Donald Trump would wave around a lug wrench and it'll rile up his base," Ferguson said. "He'll use almost anything."


... And despite his inaccessibility to mainstream social sites, he still has right-wing media outlets to circulate the "decentralized" Trump rhetoric, he added.

"The right-wing media ecosystem is vast and sophisticated, and anyone who thinks it's top-down in that it's initiated with a Trump tweet and then propagates and spreads from that position just doesn't understand how information moves," Schmidt said.
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