Friday’s positive jobs report could have been a day of exclamation marks and self-congratulations in all caps for Donald J. Trump if he was A) still president and B) still allowed to post on Twitter.
Instead, there was a dark tweet from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who downplayed the 379,000 newly created jobs as not ‘good enough’, and Mr Trump himself used a muted megaphone he had once shied away from – email – to cover a range of bespoke social media topics.
“Although it has been delayed by years of litigation and politics by Democrats, the wall is almost finished and can be quickly completed. It will save thousands of lives, ”Mr. Trump wrote in an email Friday, responding to recent steps taken by the White House to reverse its immigration and border wall policies.
“Keep illegal immigration, crime and the Chinese virus out of our country!” he added in the email, sent from his post-presidential office.
It’s “Trump’s Twitter feed, but now it’s my inbox”, Rob tornoe, a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, posted on Twitter after sending the email.
The old-is-new email format, which has no character count or content warning, allows the former president to walk around and speak like before, with all of the same idiosyncrasies unedited grammar and punctuation intact.
Until recently, he had only sent a handful of emails, and several of them were approvals. His pace, however, appears to be picking up, coinciding with Mr. Biden’s systematic dismantling of his legacy and Mr. Trump’s speech at a CPAC rally in Florida last weekend, his first public appearance since his appearance. departure.
On Thursday, reporters’ inboxes were filling up with emails. His first mark was Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, who criticized Mr. Trump’s role in the January 6 riots and suggested the party should step down as president.
“Mitch McConnell, the country’s most unpopular politician, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him,” Mr. Trump wrote, referring to himself in the third person. “He would have lost a lot without this approval.”
Hours later, he targeted Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, for writing an opinion piece calling Mr. Trump’s speech at CPAC “hollow.”
“He’s a pompous fool with bad advice,” Mr. Trump wrote.
But email doesn’t have the Twitter platform punch it once had, and some of its targets only responded to his comments in passing.
“We are not taking our advice or that of former President Trump on immigration,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday in response to the former president’s latest email, before answering the next question.