- The top executive of a new conservative social network is working hard to get Donald Trump to join.
- In an interview, Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign advisor, detailed his pitch to his ex-boss.
- The two discussed a price tag to bring Trump onto the social network, Miller said.
About a month ago, Jason Miller met with Donald Trump at the former president’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. The goal; to coax his former boss to join the new conservative social media network, GETTR.
In an exclusive interview, the former senior advisor for Trump’s reelection campaign, described to Insider how he’s pitching Trump on GETTR.
The two men discussed a possible — undisclosed — pricetag for getting Trump on the platform, the newly-minted CEO of GETTR told Insider. Miller also gave Trump a spin through the social network’s app.
“I know he’s impressed by the technology because I sat down with him and gave him a demonstration and put a brand new iPhone in his hand with GETTR on it, already loaded up,” Miller said. “He was holding it in his hand, and he’s like ‘Wow, I haven’t done this in a while.'”
Miller, who served as Trump’s spokesman until he left to launch GETTR, said he had engineers ready to receive Trump’s test-run of GETTR and reply back with messages like “Trump 2024!” and “Where’s Hunter?” in reference to President Joe Biden’s son, who Trump and his team have continued targeting since leaving office.
“I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just software engineers. It’s not going to go out to everybody,'” Miller said. “So he’s kind of holding the phone in his left hand, he kinda has his right pointer finger out and he’s like, ‘Do I?’. I’m like, ‘Go for it, sir.'”
Parked handles for Trump, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden
Trump and his advisors have been debating how to reestablish the former president online after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook for spreading misinformation and inciting the violence on the Capitol on January 6.
The name Trump used in his now-defunct Twitter handle, “realDonaldTrump” is parked at GETTR, if he decides to join, Miller said. GETTR also has handles reserved for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, he added, should they decide to join.
Should Trump eventually agree to get on the forum, it would boost the social network’s standing and draw in the millions of people who voted for him in 2020. That could also mean more advertisers and more money for GETTR’s owner — if they decide to monetize.
Behind the scenes, Trump’s advisors worry that Trump’s de-platforming after the January 6 attack on the Capitol has hamstrung his efforts to hold the attention of the country.
Among his small, post-White House team, the general belief is Trump has to get back something akin to the Twitter megaphone he used to wield before he can launch a serious race for the White House again in 2024. Trump has remained coy on whether he would run again, teasing the idea routinely since he left the White House in January.
Meanwhile, Trump has also debated how to regain his social media presence. He announced earlier this month that he was suing Twitter, Facebook and Google in an effort to regain access to the powerful platforms.
He also spent much of the spring entertaining CEOs from other alternative social media platforms which have become popular among his far-right supporters. Trump met with the CEOs of FreeSpace and Clouthub, among others, and wants to receive payments upfront before agreeing to signing on with any platform, according to a Wall Street Journal report in May.
“Of course we talked about it. But I’m gonna keep that between the president myself, for right now. I don’t think it’d be appropriate to go and kind of put that out there,” Miller said, when asked by Insider if he had discussed a pricetag with the former president. “I don’t want to negotiate against myself.”
A few hours after Insider emailed Trump’s office to ask whether he planned to join GETTR and what kind of price he was charging, the former president issued a broad public statement through email.
“As an answer to the many people asking, I am not on any social media platform in any way, shape, or form, including Parler, GETTR, Gab, etc. When I decide to choose a platform, or build or complete my own, it will be announced. Thank you!” Trump wrote in an emailed statement.
The team behind GETTR initially discussed branding built around light and transparency. Miller suggested they call it “Beam” like a beam of light, but was quickly rebutted. His team later came back and recommended “GETTR”, built on the idea of bringing people together, he said.
But Miller’s team would still like to capitalize on the Twitter clout of Trump and it’s members, and is involved in informal negotiations with the major social network on whether GETTR can import tweets directly to its platform.
Growing global presence
Since then, the platform has clocked in more than 1.5 million users. Miller said his team hopes to get 2 million users by the end of July and possibly 10 million users by the end of the year. GETTR is also building a team to begin signing up more users from the Indo-Pacific.
The platform has been growing a global presence, with almost 15 percent of its users now living in Brazil, where rightwing leader Jair Bolsonaro recently signed on to the platform.
In the meantime, Miller is still signing up conservative stars. He touted former “Mandalorian” star Gina Carano, who was fired by Lucasfilms after she equated disliking someone’s political views with the Holocaust.
Miller formally launched GETTR on July 4, but the platform has been socked with woes since before it formally launched. His new platform was hacked by someone on Twitter who rewrote the profiles of top GETTR personalities with their Twitter handle
“When you come out with something that’s truly groundbreaking, that’s truly a disrupter app, in every sense of the word, you’re gonna have a target on your back,” Miller said.
Miller said he was surprised by the flood of Sonic the Hedgehog porn, which he didn’t know was a thing before.
“It’s not something that I’d seen and quite frankly, might be a little tough to unsee,” Miller told Insider. “I did have the Sonic the Hedgehog game on my iPhone. We’re not going to watch that anymore.”
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