Former President Donald Trump received a lifetime ban from Twitter after his habitual abuses of the social media platform's terms of service were cited as a direct contributor to the insurrection and attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trump—when that ban was enacted—tried to log in from several other accounts, including the official President Of The United States handle (@POTUS) and his son's and aides accounts.
After Twitter acted quickly to quash those efforts, it appeared Trump had learned his lesson. No obvious attempts were made for some time.
But—to nobody's surprise—he had not learned anything.
Twitter suspended the Trump blog account @DJTDesk. Twitter spokesperson said: As stated in our ban evasion policy,… https://t.co/PJyq4orlmg— Brandy Zadrozny (@Brandy Zadrozny)1620309424.0
A new account, labeling itself "The Desk Of Donald J. Trump" turned up on Wednesday, May 5. By the evening of Wednesday, the account had been swiftly banned.
The account, and several mirrors like it with equally uncreative names such as "The Desk Of Donald J. Trump 1" were automatically updated from a separate blog Trump himself appeared to be running. The blog resembles Trump's former Twitter account in that it has become Trump's new outlet to share misinformation and attacks on his perceived enemies such as Republicans Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell.
A bunch of these accounts are popping up, Twitter appears to be quickly swatting them down. https://t.co/ceER1r3Wcf— Kristofer Goldsmith (@Kristofer Goldsmith)1620260621.0
The Desk Of Donald J. Trump has been suspended. That was short. https://t.co/ZkZUw09K8C— Billy D Starchild (@Billy D Starchild)1620255567.0
Donald Trump suspended again. https://t.co/JL74zJQZ0v— The Mitchell Weir (@The Mitchell Weir)1620325835.0
A Twitter account made to tweet the statements Trump puts out through his super PAC, @DJTDesk, has been suspended a… https://t.co/aT3UlmoVcz— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1620263905.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk There’s others as well. 👇🏽 https://t.co/6DOCRZNLb7— Anthony 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌊 (@Anthony 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌊)1620319632.0
@kylegriffin1 @pixiekat666 @DJTDesk Welp, 3,100 people are gonna be upset 🤭 https://t.co/bpNKCo2dqX— 😷BLUE MAGOO😷 (@😷BLUE MAGOO😷)1620327933.0
A spokesperson for Twitter said Trump would not get away with these cheap evasion tactics so easily.
"As stated in our ban evasion policy, we'll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account."
@1980Dorothy @kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk Not anymore https://t.co/Ont1TIH0pG— SJR (@SJR)1620322306.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk https://t.co/mBApH1DAoF— S.L. Bishop, Ed.D. (@S.L. Bishop, Ed.D.)1620318778.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk Doesn’t the former guy have better things to do? Like see his grandchildren? He’s obsessed w… https://t.co/TGUOcZRRbn— Uhh-Merica (@Uhh-Merica)1620319006.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk I’ve been busy today. Whack-a-lago time https://t.co/jiHZAnutSa— Moggs 😷🏴#2372 (@Moggs 😷🏴#2372)1620334656.0
Facebook also recently upheld its decision to maintain a ban on Trump's account on their platform, which Facebook also banned as a result of the insurrection on January 6.
In one of the few posts that managed to see the light of day before one of his newest accounts was banned, Trump had quite a bit to say about both Facebook and Twitter.
"What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country."
"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before."
"The People of our Country will not stand for it! "
"These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process."
For those, like Trump, who don't know, free speech is a right involving citizens and the government.
It is not freedom from consequences and it does not apply between a private company and their customers/users.
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk He’s like some kid trying to get in your car. Every time he starts to yank on the door you h… https://t.co/7cFmwAc5ku— Alex “I WANT MY MEAT BEER!” Shumway (@Alex “I WANT MY MEAT BEER!” Shumway)1620323830.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk Just popped this morning https://t.co/iK1ZsI1s1p— cynicalmedic (@cynicalmedic)1620319044.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk If you find others, please share. I check this one, then reported it.— V. Passmore (@V. Passmore)1620330834.0
@kylegriffin1 @DJTDesk Yep, it's what "private" businesses have a right to do, according to the Republicans themsel… https://t.co/X5X5QzaVMA— Amazin (@Amazin)1620319022.0
Twitter continues to hold firm to its position and block these new accounts as they show up—but really, it's a bit fascinating how many of them Trump seems willing to create to try and break the rules of private enterprise at any cost.