When Donald Trump was banned from Twitter, it seemed natural that he would go over to Parler. The Republican-leaning site has much looser rules than Twitter. Parler, though, has also become a haven from white supremacists and some Trump advisers thought it wouldn’t be a good look.
The former president broke his social media hiatus this weekend with a post on Gab. He hasn’t posted on Parler yet, but he may still be using the site. Former Parler CEO John Matze thinks that Trump uses to controversial platform under a pseudonym.
Matze, who was recently fired by Rebekah Mercer made the comments on Axios on HBO. The former CEO first discussed a meeting he had with Trump in 2019. Trump was reportedly interested in owning a piece of the site.
“I didn’t like the idea of working with Trump,” said Matze. “Because he might have bullied people inside the company to do what he wanted. But I was worried that if we didn’t sign the deal, he might have been vengeful and told his followers to leave Parler.”
Matze was also asked why Trump never joined the site. He noted that Sean Hannity had said a few months back that the former president joined the site. He continued, “I think he did because — but I think it’s a pseudonym account and that’s just because I don’t think Hannity would be lying on television that Trump had an account.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of HBO:
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