Like a crazy old man who spends his days shouting at an empty blender and thinks the government is performing mind control on people through their microwaves, Donald Trump apparently believes that the reason his newly formed social media company, Truth Social, is not a runaway success is because Google has internally decided to sabotage him. “Is Google trying to fuck me?” the former president has reportedly been asking friends and advisers over the past several weeks.
According to Rolling Stone, Trump believes the tech giant has it out for him due to the fact that the Truth Social app is not yet available for Android users. Which, reporters Adam Rawnsley and Asawin Suebsaeng note, probably has less to do with Google trying to screw over the ex-president and more to do with the fact that, as of Tuesday, the company hadn’t “even submitted an Android app to Google to review for Play Store approval.” Nevertheless, Trump continues to labor under the idea that this is personal. “He keeps hearing about how Google and YouTube have it out for him…including on Truth Social, and I think he’s taking [it] seriously,” one source who’s discussed the matter with Trump told Rawnsley and Suebsaeng. According to the outlet, Trump, who reportedly doesn’t use email, once suggested that everyone in the U.S. should stop using computers, and reportedly calls iPads “the flat one,” has also asked if Google is is trying to “screw with me” or has simply wondered aloud, “What’s up with Google?”
In February, former California representative Devin Nunes, who left his job in Congress to be Truth Social’s CEO, said that the company’s “goal” was to have the network “fully operational” by the end of March, which obviously did not happen. In addition to reportedly being placed in waitlist purgatory, would-be Truthers have complained that attempting to use the app is a Kafkaesque nightmare. In recent months, a pair of senior executives, one of whom was described as the “brains” behind the app’s technology, quit. But perhaps the biggest sign of how poorly things are going?
When Don Jr. is your Hail Mary, you know things have gotten really bad.
A Google spokesperson declined Rolling Stone’s request comment. A Truth Social spokesperson did not respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.
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