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As a review board ponders Donald Trump’s future access to Facebook, the former president launched “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” a new platform via which he can reach his followers directly, bypassing the social media sites that heavily restricted and, ultimately, excluded his voice from their networks.

How does the most famous tweeter in the world feel about his current relationship with social media? According to some of his closest advisers, he’s thrilled with the reach of his daily media releases and looking forward to increased communication with his supporters, regardless of Wednesday’s expected decision by a Facebook oversight board about whether to restore his access to the platform.

“His press releases have been getting an extraordinary amount of news coverage and attention,” said Stephen Miller, former senior adviser to Trump.

Since leaving office, Trump has taken to sending out brief email releases through his Save America PAC. One to two, sometimes three or four, emails a day are standard, each offering a quick glimpse into what the 45th president is thinking about. This week, commentary has revolved primarily around the intraparty split between his own grassroots MAGA wing of the GOP, and a Washington wing represented by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” is accessible through the former president’s website and appears to be, for now, a consolidated distribution hub for the former president to post his daily releases. The page allows his followers to share Trump posts to their own Twitter and Facebook pages and, according to Fox News, appears to be supported by Campaign Nucleus, the digital software firm created by former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, the then-president was swiftly banned from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Wednesday morning, Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board — which launched last year and began hearing cases in October — will rule on whether to allow Trump to rejoin the social media platform, in addition to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The board is comprised of 20 members, including a former prime minister of Denmark, as well as journalists, academics, and experts in the field of human rights.

The rollout of Trump’s personal platform may be his way of signaling that whatever the board decides, he’s moved on. After promising to create his own platform, it is unclear that Trump wants to return to parts of the internet where he knows he is not welcome, and may have to self-censor as a condition of his continued presence.

“What Big Tech has done to censor free speech and to censor our president is unconscionable,” Miller told David Brody during a Tuesday on “The Water Cooler.” However, says Miller, Trump’s “gift for being able to put these extraordinarily intricate ideas into accessible formats, has proven to be a tremendous way of getting the message out.”

Currently, “From the Desk of” is a one-way communication page. But sources close to the former president say that, in the future, a platform may include some sort of pay-per-view video network, as well as more traditional social media functions that allow followers to interact with posts.

Trump communications adviser Jason Miller says that additional information about the news social media platform is on its way. In the meantime, they say, Trump is happy with his daily releases, believing them to be more elegant than his tweets ever were.


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Republicans vow in letter to back third party over Trump, ex-president’s spox calls them ‘losers’



More than 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter Thursday vowing to back the formation of a third party if the GOP does not break with former President Trump and change direction.

The “A Call For American Renewal” letter was first reported by Reuters, and would be signed one day after Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her House leadership post for her repeated, public opposition to allegations of widespread 2020 voter fraud by Trump, who still has a considerable hold on the GOP. 

“The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,’ ” said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”

The group first vowed third party support in February, following the Capitol breach on Jan. 6, as congressional lawmakers attempted to certify Democrat Joe Biden as president.

Among those supporting the effort are former Govs. Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania; Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey; exTransportation Secretary Mary Peters; and former House members Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania; Barbara Comstock, Virginia, and Reid Ribble, Wisconsin, the wire service also reports.

However, none of those who reportedly will sign the letter hold elected office, including Cheney, who in February rejected the idea of a third party, saying it would empower Democrats.

“These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden,” says Trump spokesman Jason Miller.

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Trump says Kentucky Derby winning horse is ‘a junky’ following news of failed blood test



Former President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a statement in which he said that the horse who won the Kentucky Derby is “a junky.” 

“So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky,” Trump said in the statement. “This is emblematic of what is happening to our Country. The whole world is laughing at us as we go to hell on our Borders, our fake Presidential Election, and everywhere else!” 

Churchill Downs in a statement on Sunday noted: “It is our understanding that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s post-race blood sample indicated a violation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s equine medication protocols. The connections of Medina Spirit have the right to request a test of a split sample and we understand they intend to do so. To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner.”

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FEC ditches case regarding Trump hush-money payments to women



The Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that it has ditched a case related to whether former President Donald Trump breached election law in connection with a payment made to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election by Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen served time for violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress, according to the New York Times, which noted that Cohen has stated that Trump directed him to set up payments to two women amid the 2016 election contest.

“The hush money payment was done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump,” Cohen told the outlet in a statement. “Like me, Trump should have been found guilty. How the F.E.C. committee could rule any other way is confounding.”

The Times said that an FEC Office of General Counsel report put out in December noted that the office discovered “reason to believe” campaign finance law breaches were perpetrated “knowingly and willfully” by Trump’s campaign. However, the election commission during a February meeting chose not to move ahead. Two Republican commissioners voted to drop the matter but two Democratic commissioners voted to advance, the outlet said.

“To conclude that a payment, made 13 days before Election Day to hush up a suddenly newsworthy 10-year-old story, was not campaign-related, without so much as conducting an investigation, defies reality,” the Democratic commissioners noted in a statement.

“In sum, the public record is complete with respect to the conduct at issue in these complaints, and Mr. Cohen has been punished by the government of the United States for the conduct at issue in these matters,” the Republican commissioners said in a statement. “Thus, we concluded that pursuing these matters further was not the best use of agency resources.”

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