Jason Miller, the outspoken adviser to and spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, is leaving his current role to launch a new tech company, The Hill reported Thursday.
However, he’s still going to be working closely with the former president. Miller’s new work appears to be related to efforts to get Trump back on social media after he was muzzled by Silicon Valley.
Miller calls it quits
A longtime Trump ally, Miller has worked for Trump in various roles since 2016, when he was the spokesperson for the then-candidate’s first presidential campaign. Miller was also a senior adviser to Trump in 2020.
Miller has continued to serve as Trump’s spokesperson since he left office in January. In that role, Miller has repeatedly teased that Trump is returning soon to social media, something that has not materialized as of yet.
Miller’s new job reflects the evolving challenges that Trump has faced since leaving office; the now-former president was banned from Facebook and Twitter shortly before his term ended.
Since then, Trump’s ability to reach his loyal base of supporters has been constrained.
Politico reports that Miller’s company is “currently developing a social media platform that is being considered for use by Trump,” but Trump is still deciding which platform to ultimately use. Trump recently shut down a blog called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” as the New York Post notes.
Trump plots return
Although Miller will no longer work full-time for the former president, he will remain on close terms with Trump, who is said to be interviewing candidates for Miller’s replacement, according to Politico.
As Trump returns more forcefully to the political arena, with rumors of a White House bid in 2024 and his signature campaign-style rallies returning this month, Big Tech censorship remains a critical issue.
Facebook recently announced it was extending Trump’s ban until at least 2023, leaving Trump to joke about a “next time” he’s back in the White House and how he will treat Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
At a speech in North Carolina on Saturday, Trump spoke out against Zuckerberg’s “unfair” censorship and called for Big Tech’s monopoly to be broken up.
“We’ve got to stop that. We can’t let it happen. So unfair,” he said, according to a transcript from Rev. “They are shutting down an entire group of people. Not just me. They are shutting down the voice of a much more powerful and a much larger group.”