Former U.S. President Donald Trump's blog has permanently shut down — the same month it went live, reported CNBC.
The blog has already been swiped clean of any and all of Trump's posts, which can now only be read from Archive.Today. It appears his last post was on May 31.
On the regular social media sites, Trump had significant followings. When he was ousted from Twitter in early January, CNBC reported that the former president had tens of millions of followers, and he had millions more on Facebook.
In sharp contrast, his personal blog struggled to gather even a fraction of those numbers when it launched, said NBC News, perhaps surprising Trump, the avid social media commentor.
Some people might question Trump's decision to close off his blog, thinking it might be a ruse to get people's attention and sign up for updates. However, his senior aide Jason Miller told CNBC that it "will not be returning," and that "it was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on."
In a related mention on Twitter, an unverified source with the username @MrsT106 asked "Perhaps this is a precursor to him joining another social media platform." To which Miller responded "Yes, actually, it is.. Stay tuned!"
Yes, actually, it is. Stay tuned! https://t.co/USKGvVXe2f— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 2, 2021
So it certainly seems like other plans are in store, there's just no mention as to what that will be.
Comments on social media sites like Twitter about the blog closing down are streaming in, with all sorts of interesting angles:
Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have both his presidency and his blog cancelled.— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 2, 2021
Trump perhaps now understands the plight of many bloggers:
Trump starting a personal blog only to give it up after several weeks is honestly one of the most relatable things he’s done.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 2, 2021
Now that Trump's blog has shut down, should we refer to him going forward as "former blogger" or "failed blogger?"— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 2, 2021
RIP Trump's blog:
RIP Trump's blog 5/4/21 -6/2/21 pic.twitter.com/MyA2bHkT1L— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) June 2, 2021
Guesses as to why his blog failed are popping up:
I guess Trump’s blog had a 30 day return policy 🤷🏻♂️— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) June 2, 2021