A little dispatch from inside Donald Trump’s purple place, Truth Social, where everything looks more or less like an emptied-out Twitter: https://t.co/zPCeYhQHsh
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) March 5, 2022
Trump’s latest ‘social media’ venture, like every Trump enterprise, remains ten pounds of manure in a three-pound sack. Because cutting corners is his hallmark, not that stupid logo.
… Jimmy Carter built houses with Habitat for Humanity. George W. Bush learned to paint. Barack Obama hung out with Bruce Springsteen. And Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, created his own alternate online universe for the MAGA-loving, Big Tech-hating common man. After months of hype, the site was here — and it looked a lot like the thing it’s supposed to replace.
Inside Truth Social, everything once blue was now a bright, jewel-toned purple. Tweets, a.k.a. posts, were now “Truths.” Retweets were now “ReTruths,” capital T. And above my username, I saw the site’s default avatar: Twitter’s cream-colored egg icon, the image given to all new users, had apparently given birth to a proud purple eagle. The rest of the site appeared familiar: Replies were still replies. Likes were still likes. Direct messages, still in development, were still direct messages. And Donald Trump was still @realDonaldTrump — followed, as of this writing, by 140,000 people, a tiny fraction of his onetime total audience on Twitter. Only one Truth appeared on his page: “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!” he wrote two weeks ago, before the app’s launch. The Truth displayed 7,750 ReTruths, 30,500 likes and 4,700 replies. (Inexplicably, unlike replies on other user posts, none of the responses to Trump’s message were visible to me.)…
The site promises a safe space for “free expression,” encouraging of “all viewpoints,” according to the welcome email, “as we do not discriminate against political ideology.” But inside the app, digital tumbleweeds blew through my feed. The site is a bit slow, and a bit empty. Its stalled roll-out, led by Devin Nunes, the Trump supporter and former Republican congressman from California, has become a source of frustration and confusion in MAGA-world, according to my colleague Meridith McGraw. Republican lawmakers like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz and Kevin McCarthy already have accounts and appear to be posting similar or identical content to both Truth Social and Twitter, along with right-leaning platforms like Gettr and Parler. (Apparently, no one is quite ready to turn their backs on an actual audience yet.) But when they do finally get their welcome emails, the thousands of regular Trump fans still waiting in line, eager for their chance to search for truth, will find a Twitter knock-off with no immediately discernible improvement on the original — a vanity project that has yet to prove its utility.
Put simply, there isn’t much happening on the site…
On Truth Social’s own account page, @truthsocial, site administrators advised users to please be patient as the platform continued to move through its waitlist and address tech bugs and inconsistencies. The site is the marquee offering of Trump’s tech venture, Trump Media & Technology Group, founded last year as part of a SPAC deal, with $1 billion from undisclosed investors, according to the company (which is now reportedly under investigation by federal regulators). Truth Social’s page is filled with memes: a car veering off the highway, away from a sign for “Big Tech” to an exit ramp for “Truth Social”; two doors, one for Twitter, showing a vacant room, another for “Truth Social,” with dozens of people trying to get in. But from the inside, Truth Social feels empty…
…given the massive amount of money (and cult-figure political celebrity) behind the supposed attempt at a right wing social media empire
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) March 5, 2022
Villago Delenda Est
“Favorite President”. What a terrible, unfunny joke that is. William Henry Harrison was more accomplished than TFG.
One sees a parallel between what Russia spent on armaments and what was delivered vs. what siphoned (by oligarchs and run of the mill diesel ‘entrepreneurs’), and what will later turn out to have been a billion dollar burn pile for Trump’s ‘investors’.
Though Nunes I think is too stupid to even know how to steal from these idiot money men. The leaky lucre is in the contracts dumbass Devin signed.
Nothing says Tech CEO more to me than a dairy farmer.
Too bad “Fucked Company” isn’t still around. The stories from the inside woulda been legendary.
Look, taking what someone else did and copying the look and feel while advancing grift and corruption is ENTIRELY standard operating procedures for conservatives. This is on brand for the whole damn party.
I mean, look at framing “CRT” as “protecting kids”. Or advocating for white supremacy under “voter protection” laws. The left and other groups actually do these things, but the GOP wants to profit off of them and use the marketing approach that has already proven successful by people who actually did the work.
George Orwell wept.
You sure he’s not laughing at how much more of a loser the orange shitstain is now?
@MisterForkbeard: Not only mere copying, but often deliberately malicious copying. They get the added benefit (or the main point for some of them) that vocabulary and meanings that others have built up in making their arguments are now obscured. This gives them a nice way to lie and try to fool people about their own objectives and those of others. Who doesn’t want to protect kids?
Unpopularity is going to be the only thing keeping that site up. Twitter has solved a lot of very hard engineering problems, which a Trump and Nunes run organization won’t be able to do.
Villago Delenda Est
@prostratedragon: It’s like how they co-opt music without bothering to negotiate with the artists, or the copyright holders, for royalties. They just steal any intellectual property they want to use that they come across.
Comic relief: We don’t talk about Tracy Ullman enough.
@matt: Full Con (job) and the Showman. I’m not sure which is which.
Given that Boyce/Dalton were Soviet owned, the name seems even more apropos.
@Dangerman: Oops. Second Dudes last name was Lee.
I suppose that right wing grifters will be happy if this Truth Social thing takes off. Not only will conservatives have a custom made echo chamber, but all the suckers will be in one place, ripe for the plucking for fund raising, etc.
Do the rubes have to pay to sign up for this thing? That would keep a lot of them away.
I also presume that Trump has not put any of his own money into this thing. Fools and suckers from top to bottom.
Word on the street is that people are Russian to sign up.
@HumboldtBlue: she was the best Angela Merkel. I especially liked her starstruck assistant.
Good interview with Craig Unger on today’s Background Briefing.
I’ve only listened to the Unger segment so far, so can’t vouch for the other two interviews.
Good to see Seth Meyers up there. Tonight’s A Closer Look was good, also, too. ;)
So smart. So funny.
Since tRump knows no loyalty, as everything around him turns to shit, how long before he turns from attacking his support group/parasites to actually bad-mouthing his MAGAt followers? Is even he stupid enough to publicly bad-mouth his fawning supporters?
I am surprised that tRump isn’t on it more. The site likely needs him to be active for the whole thing to be active. Of course we always knew much of his following were bots but still, him posting would generate activity from his cult followers. He can pretty much do/say anything there and he isn’t.
We all assumed that this was all just grift and that seems to be true because he’s done nothing to make the thing a success.
Trump is far less popular than he is portrayed. People mistake “Fuck you, libs, we will never admit you won!” and the screaming fury of his remaining fan base for general enthusiasm. The GOP power structure doesn’t give a shit about what he wants or listen to him anymore. THEY want rigged elections and claiming Democrats cheat. They haven’t given him squat else lately. He is popular at the trolliest events and absent elsewhere. The base will never say he wasn’t perfect. That would be giving the libtards a victory. They just have no investment anymore.
@Frankensteinbeck: well, someone sure has an investment in the guy! – one billion dollars worth. It astonishes me that investors were willing to spend that kind of money on a guy who’s failed at absolutely everything he’s done in his long life.
Conning people out of money has always been his biggest talent. One billion dollars is a strangely large number. At their most frothing and numerous, hoping to overturn the election, his fans could only raise a quarter of that. Where DID it come from? Who is throwing away such a vast fortune, and since almost none of it will be spent on the platform, who is taking this money?
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Jeff Spurgeon – [email protected]
Luise Adolpha Le Beau
Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 17: I. Allegro molto
Dala Suite, Op. 22: III. Scherzo. Danses Rustiques
Harp Sonata: III. Perpetuum mobile
Alice Mary Smith
Symphony in C Minor: IV. Allegro maestoso
Undine Smith Moore
Afro-American Suite: IV. Allegro Molto
Sonata in modo antiquo: Allegro leggiero
Hildegard von Bingen
Ordo Virtutum: Anima processional
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 17: IV. Finale. Allegro Vivace
Suite en forme de valses, Op. 35
Magnificat, Op. 19: Magnificat
Four Sketches, Op. 15: No. 4 Fireflies
String Quartet No. 6 in E Major
Overture No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 23
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor: III. Juba: Allegro
From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook: Aria
Anna Amalia, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
Erwin and Elmire: Overture and Entre Acte
Suite for Harp, Oboe and String Quartet: II. Danza
Great Dramatic Sonata “Titus et Berenice”: II. Vivace: Molto movimento
The March of the Women
Chocolat: Main Titles
Eternity and a Day: Eternity Theme
Piano Quintet in B Minor, Op. 40: IV. Allegro moderato
Sinfonia No. 2
Ingeborg von Bronsart
Jery und Bately: Overture
Gottschalk Waltz, Op. 1
Song of Praise: My soul waits quietly on God
Marie Trautmann Jaell
Cello Concerto in F Major: III. Vivace molto
Agathe Backer Grondahl
Fantasy Pieces, Op. 45: Summer Song
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major
Fanfare No. 2 for the Uncommon Woman
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7
and the swallow
Clayelle Dalferes – [email protected]
(Filling in for Annie Bergen)
Dances in the Canebrakes
Piano Trio in E-flat Major: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Song for Orchestra, Op. 33
Down Longford Way
On the Threshold of Spring, Op. 24
Wilde: Main Theme
Provencal Poems, Op. 127: In the Moor
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor
Zenobia Powell Perry
Tawawa House Suite: Sunday Dance Tune; Jumping Over the Broom
Harp Concerto in C Minor: IV. Final: Allegro con fuoco
Alice Mary Smith
Symphony in C Minor: III. Allegro ma non troppo
Mass in A Minor: Agnus Dei
3 Shakespeare Choruses, Op. 39/2: Come unto these yellow sands Zara Aleksandrova Levina 3 Klavierstucke: No. 2 Tanz
Sinfonia in C
Nonet in E-flat Major, Op. 38
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17: II. Scherzo: Tempo di menuetto
Five Songs: With You it is Pleasant
D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
Flute Sonata in G Major, Op. 1/6: Allegro
Overture for a Comedy
DANCE: III. In the middle of the fighting
Serenade in D
Sonata No. 9, Op. 16/9
Our Lovely Star
Preludes, Op. 46: No. 1. Moderato; No. 6. Allegro
Paul Cavalconte – [email protected]
(Filling in for Elliott Forrest)
Tableaux de Provence: Farandole des jeunes filles (Dance of the Young Girls)
Fritiof Suite: Prelude
Hildegard von Bingen
Ordo Virtutum: Instrumental Dance I
Alice Mary Smith
Symphony in A Minor
Teresa de Rogatis
Ethel Glenn Hier
Dragon-flies, Op. 10
London Fields: St. James’ Park
Mudbound: Land; Hap Recuperates
Luise Adolpha Le Beau
Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 37
Che si puo fare
Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Pauline Garcia Viardot
The Last Sorcerer: Romance of the Queen
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 6: I. Moderato
Stefania de Kenessey
Spontaneous D-Combustion, “Piano Concerto No. 1”: Vivace e giocoso
Song About Em
Overture to “The Boatswain’s Mate”
Clemence de Grandval
Oboe Concerto, Op. 7: III. Finale: Moderato maestoso
String Quartet in A Major, Op. 14: I. Adagio
Motetti Spirituali: Hodie gloriosus; Io so ferito si; Benedictus Dominus
Piano Concerto in A Minor
Terrance McKnight – [email protected]
Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
String Quartet in E-flat Major
Maria Hester Park
Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 7: III. Rondo: Allegramente
Thumbelina Suite: V. Meeting With The Prince
Cantilena, Op. 51
Piano Concerto in One Movement
Claudia Francesca Rusca
Sacri concerti: Canzone seconda
Suite from “Les Genies”
The Magic Harp
Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32, “Gaelic”
Anna Amalia of Prussia
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in F major
Break Away: III. Smoke
Love Bade me Welcome
Piano Trio No. 1 in G Major: I. Allegro con grazia
New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony: Marshes, Hamlets and Roaming Cows
Sing to the Moon
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 35
Julie von Webenau
L’Adieu et le Retour, Op. 25
Piano Quartet in D Minor, Op. 25: III. Allegretto grazioso
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Who gets to explain to him about what the Russia sanctions have done to the real twitter’s numbers?
@Morzer: From her Twitter profile, Robin T. Smith is the representative from a Tennessee House district and former chair of the Tennessee Republican party. Also a weekly contributor to @Patriot Post.
Those are all cricketers, Bruce
ETA: Joking aside, nice list. Thanks, ‘QXR.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Hey wait, you mean there was no Truckpocalypse on the DC Beltway today like we were promised? Were are the thousands of enraged hardworking REAL American workers screaming “What do we want?” “Nothing!” “When do want it?” “Now!” “Go to Freedom-Convoy.Com to make your’ donation!” during a work day bring rush how traffic to a still?
What fun is your own Twitter without libs to piss off?
Mai Naem mobile
Has anybody verified that a billion dollars was actually invested in Truth Social or if its just another of TFG’s ‘bigliest evah inauguration crowd’ boasts? I find it hard to believe that even conservative business people gave him that kind of money. A million here and there from different folks who saved way more from his tax cuts but not a billion.
@Mai Naem mobile:
“Well, a billion cents is the same as a billion dollars, right, Devin?”
Yup. It helps to fight everywhere, but we have to be smart about it. (I.e., run candidates and participate, but don’t spend millions on unicorns.)
Eyes on the prizes.
Bruce K in ATH-GR
I may have said it before, but in my ranking of favorite presidents, TFG doesn’t make it into the top fifty, and the only way he avoids last place is if the list includes Jefferson Davis.
Daoud bin Daoud
@Villago Delenda Est: hey, it’s not theft if you’re wealthy and white!
It shows a fundamental truth about contemporary conservatism, that they exist only to torment their hated outgroup.
They don’t want to be left alone to discuss things, they want to troll liberals.
They don’t want to be free to go to church, they want the power to force YOU to go to church.
They don’t want to be free to manage their own sexual life or reproductive choices, they want to manage and control YOUR sexuality and reproductive choices.
@Chip Daniels: Truth. You should repost this comment on a thread that isn’t dead. :-)