- The View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said Trump’s potential return to Twitter would hurt him.
- “It will remind voters how messed up he was, how much drama he created,” she said.
- Banned from Twitter last year, Trump has been using Truth Social for most of 2022.
Former White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin said Friday that she believes it will be “only a matter of days” before former President Donald Trump returns to Twitter.
Her comments come after the company’s sale to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But the former Trump adviser warned that the ex-president’s presence on the social media platform would hurt him.
Farah Griffin — then-Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary from 2017 to 2019 and White House director of strategic communications in 2020 — said on ABC’s The View that Trump’s vocal opinions on the wide-ranging Twitter provided a sharp contrast to the limited scope the he has on Truth Social, which launched earlier this year.
“Social media brings out the worst in humanity,” she said said on the daytime television show, which she has co-hosted since August. “There’s a lot of good stuff coming out of social media, but people are giving in to their basic instincts when they hide behind anonymity.”
Farah Griffin then opined that democracy has never been “stress tested” for the digital age, stating that the “closest thing” she can think of is the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol . And she noted that in her view, the former president, who would make waves again on Twitter, would not be good for him.
“I think it hurts him being on Twitter,” she told the other panelists. “I don’t think his crazy statements resonate as much on Truth Social as they do on Twitter. He’s been following me on social media for the past week. Nobody noticed – it was like a tree falling in the forest.”
Trump slammed Farah Griffin on Truth Social earlier this week by saying she is not being honest as she has been critical of the former president since she left the administration in December 2020.
“Alyssa Farah completely misrepresented her true feelings about me and the Trump administration in order to get her job at ratings-batter CNN and a low-IQ seat at The View,” he said on social media platform and in a released statement from its Save America PAC.
“Look at what she said about me and that doesn’t include the beautiful letter she sent and other statements she made. You should fire her for misrepresentation or fraud. Release the letter, Alyssa!” he added.
Farah Griffin then noted that Trump’s comments on Twitter would be perceived differently, giving voters yet another different taste of the former president’s tech habits, which were often filled with political attacks and other incendiary comments.
“He’s going to have a much bigger platform, and it’s going to remind voters how messed up he was, how much drama he created,” she said. “And it will make Republicans accountable for everything. It’s not good for the party or for him.”
After Trump headlined the “Stop the Steal” rally in the Ellipse, which saw the then-president railing against confirming current President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory — which preceded the Capitol riot — he was permanently banned from Twitter.
Musk is expected to lift permanent bans on the platform, which would pave the way for Trump’s potential return.
But the former president said earlier this year that he would continue to use Truth Social.