Trump is reportedly developing his own social media platform in response to his suspension from Twitter and Facebook for inciting the Capitol riot.
He has also launched a new website, which features a highly selective history of his brief tenure in office and allows for the booking of appearances and personal greetings.
However, Trump has stated that he may not require his new platform, as the brief, frequently tweet-length statements he now sends to journalists’ inboxes from Mar-a-Lago in Florida effectively communicate his views.
On Easter Sunday, the former president appeared to test the theory, emulating world leaders such as Pope Francis, if not echoing their sense of dignity and appeals for peace on a major religious holiday.
“I wish everyone a Happy Easter, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election and want to destroy our Country!” Trump exclaimed. ”
The presidential election was not rigged, regardless of how frequently Trump repeats a falsehood that has been repeatedly thrown out of court. Joe Biden defeated him by more than 7 million votes and by an electoral college margin of 306-232.
However, for Trump supporters, the statement may have sounded like a raucous echo of happier times, when he routinely tweeted diplomatic communiqués such as: “Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it!” Kindly do not feel foolish or insecure; it is not your fault.”
Notably, Trump’s Easter statement did not generate the kind of media frenzy that his tweets once did. Rather than sparking deadline panics and front-page headlines, it appeared to foster a sense of mild ennui.
“Jesus could not have said it better,” the New York Times’ Ken Vogel observed.
Robert Schlesinger, a writer, inquired, “What is the phrase my religious friends use when they are in doubt?” What would Jesus moan about? ”
David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W Bush who is now a prominent Trump critic on the American right, described it as “an Easter Sunday message of resentment and rage.”
“It’s an enduring good joke,” he continued, “that Donald Trump has no understanding of Christian faith – and that if he did, he would oppose and reject it 100 percent.”
Trump attempted again a few hours later. This time, he simply stated: “Happy Easter!” ”