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Donald Trump Has Joined Parler According To Fox News’ Sean Hannity

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Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has an account on Parler, a social media platform pitched as an alternative to Twitter that has become a popular destination for conservatives.

Hannity said the president had signed up to the platform during a segment that featured former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders alongside right-wing commentator and radio host Dan Bongino—an investor in the app.

“I saw that the president had joined it. At least there is a place, it’s like Twitter, it’s called Parler, I have an account there… good for you because the president joined, because they are censoring him and Dan Scavino and everybody else,” Hannity said.

The comment was directed at Bongino, who did not contradict the statement that Trump has joined the “free speech” website, which is currently led by CEO John Matze with additional financial backing from Republican donor Rebekah Mercer.

Dan Scavino currently serves in the Trump administration as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, according to a White House release.

Hannity‘s suggestion that the outgoing president was now on Parler does not appear to be accurate at the time of writing, with no results for Donald Trump showing up.

A search of Parler brings up the accounts of Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump, Lara Trump and the Team Trump election campaign—but not the president himself. An unverified profile claiming to be Donald Trump Jr. is active on the platform.

A Parler account with the handle @trump appeared to have been created some time on Friday (December 8), but did not have a profile image and had not posted at the time of writing. Despite that, it had managed to attract about 22,000 followers.

It was not immediately clear if the Fox News host had been referring to a Parler account with the handle @Thepotus45 that was claiming to represent Trump on Thursday.

The profile, which was unverified but quickly gained 15,000 followers, appeared to be soliciting financial donations from other Parler users before being made private.

President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to wrestler Dan Gable in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on December 7, 2020. Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed on Thursday that President Donald Trump has an account on Parler.
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