Trump 2.0 Doesn’t Need Social Media

October 17, 2021 Updated: October 18, 2021

Whether he knows it or not, one of the best things that ever happened to Donald Trump was being banned (in their pompous parlance “permanently suspended”) by Twitter.

That not-so-closeted totalitarian Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (aka @jack) did the 45th President an immense favor when he finally used one of Trump’s tweets—does it matter which one it was, who can remember—and declared it the final straw, removing him from the social media outlet.

That’s the same “social” media that until July, when it began attacking those opposed to vaccines, allowed the Nation of Islam to spout virtually any kind of antisemitic bigotry it wished.

And they weren’t the only fascistic organizations that used Twitter to their advantage. Plenty did and do.

Twitter also, as those of us who have been on it well know, makes oodles off the back and forth from impulsive 3AM postings that stem more from insomnia than common sense.

This hurt Trump probably more than anything. (Well, except for the constant, near congenital lying of the mainstream media.)

If—big if—he did lose the election of 2020, he did not lose it because of his policies. They were either applauded or accepted by most citizens not Bernie Sanders.

That his policies were ultimately correct couldn’t be more evident because of the utter disaster that followed as the next administration reversed them.

Trump lost—if, again, he did—because social media, Twitter especially, helped magnify the impression the candidate, and then President, was an overly thin-skinned narcissist taking offense at even the slightest slight, often from the most inconsequential people, and therefore incapable of governing. (Or so the soccer moms supposedly said.)

In a sense he was, but only in that 3AM Twitter sense. When it came to decision-making, he was spot on. And to be perfectly honest I was mostly amused by his tweets. I loved seeing the Rosie O’Donnells of the world get theirs.

But it’s a good thing he stopped, especially if he wants to win the next time, even if it had to be Dorsey who instigated the halt. It’s not by accident Trump’s poll numbers versus Biden have gone up pretty much consistently since.

The 45th president was also banned by Facebook for two years. The same poll numbers show he obviously doesn’t need them either.

It’s further not by accident that the emailings he sends via the Save America PAC, as well as the mailings to media that I receive, are consistently more persuasive and better reasoned and written than the 3AM tweets.

Their content is reprinted or broadcast by many (and growing) sympathetic publications and networks, including Breitbart, The Gateway Pundit, The Sinclair Group, The Star Group, virtually all of talk radio, and, of course, this one.

I do not, however, favor Trump’s suing Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as he is doing.

The winning position in the long run is these entities should be broken up or made irrelevant instead. Twitter, as I have written before, is the low-hanging fruit and can be destroyed simply by conservatives not going, logging off.

Unfortunately, not enough are. Toughen up, fellows and gals. Using a service just to fight with the likes of @acosta is among the greatest wastes of ammunition imaginable. CNN is dying by itself. MSNBC will soon follow. The best way to hasten this is to spend the time improving your own product and its credibility.

And if you’re staying on Twitter, and I know many are despite its near Stalinist level of censorship (cf. the Hunter Biden affair and virtually anything vaguely scientific about COVID), to draw attention to their own material, know that your self-promotion is helping preserve one of the left’s main instruments of anti-American (and worse) propaganda.

Instead, leave Twitter to become the mainstream yourself. The country will follow you. It’s already starting. Take courage. You can do it.

On Hannity the other night, Sean ended his interview by gently asking the former president if we could expect any changes with Trump 2.0. 45, as he usually does, avoided that question. Somewhere along the line, probably in childhood, Trump had instilled in him the half-truth that granting mistakes was fatal to the self. (Often, it’s the reverse.)

Still, he has taken of late to admitting he made errors at first choosing his cabinet and other key positions. He was a businessman unschooled in the ways of the Deep State. By copping to this mistake, he is showing he is unlikely to make it the next time around. Indeed, he has already shown this. Going from Rex Tillerson to Mike Pompeo, arguably the best secretary of state in some time, is quite an improvement.

Regarding the out-of-control tech giants, assuming he returns to power with a solid Republican congress, Trump should lead the way in breaking them up, either by renewed anti-trust legislation or by finding some other way to turn the likes of Google and Facebook into public utilities in the manner of AT&T.

Suing them is the equivalent of giving a parking ticket to a man in a Lamborghini.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.