Donald Trump’s new blog crashed after he published more false election fraud claims

Liam O'Dell@LiamODellUK
Sunday 16 May 2021 14:05
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Donald Trump’s new blog crashed on Saturday after the former president published yet more unfounded claims of electoral fraud.

Visitors to the From the Desk of website were greeted with an error message saying: “Something has gone wrong and this URL cannot be processed at this time,” according to Business Insider.

The news site said the hour-long outage came after the ex-POTUS posted a mesage about the ongoing election recount in Maricopa County, Arizona.

He claimed in the post: “The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms.

“Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime.”

His uncorroborated claims come amid a recount of votes in the county from last November’s presidential election.

Republican senators in the state sought the audit over unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the region.

The crashing of the blog following Trump’s tirade prompted laughter and ridicule from Twitter users (although he may not know that, given that he’s been banned from the platform):

However, MAGA fans will be pleased to learn that the blog has since been restored.

Trump launched his new site earlier this month, after he was barred from both Twitter and Facebook over the January 6 Capitol attacks.

Facebook’s independent Oversight Board was recently tasked with deciding whether the platform’s ban was appropriate.

Whilst they upheld the company’s decision, they ruled that it was “not appropriate” for Trump to be given an indefinite suspension.

Facebook now has six months to review its initial decision to come up with a “proportionate response” that is applied to other users – including removing violative content, enforcing a limited suspension or permanently deleting a page or account.

However, the Twitter ban on the @RealDonaldTrump account is understood to be permanent.

The ex-president’s blog had about 212,0000 engagements during its first week online – which is substantailly fewer than some of his most popular tweets.

Earlier this month, Peter Loge, of George Washington University, told Insider that "Trump is just shouting into the void."

"He isn’t letting anyone shout back,” Loge added.

“Shouting at people is a less effective way to maintain celebrity status and keep selling new merchandise than finding ways to create the illusion of interaction is."

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