Trump Media documents suggest Parler, Rumble as possible merger partners

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Business

The Rumble video platform logo on a laptop computer arranged in Hastings on Hudson, New York, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.Tiffany Hagler-Geard | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesTrump Media and Technology Group executives named Parler and Rumble as theoretical acquisitions or partners, according to documents provided by co-founder and whistleblower, William Wilkerson, through his counsel.Wilkerson was one of the early executives at Trump Media and its Twitter-esque social media platform Truth Social. The project was started by former President Donald Trump after he was banned from Twitter over his tweets during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capital riot, when hundreds of his supporters invaded Congress in an attempt to block confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory.Among Wilkerson’s documents — which range from the summer of 2021 to the fall of 2022 — is a photo depicting a flow chart on an easel describing “Trump’s New Media Empire,” which lists a series of “potential acquisitions and/or partnerships.” The graphic lists fellow right-wing-friendly social media platform Parler — which Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, said he would buy — conservative video platform Rumble, as well as Discord and linear cable channels like One America News and Newsmax.The undated photo features Andy Dean Litinsky, another Trump executive and former “Apprentice” contestant who Wilkerson alleges was fired for not gifting shares of Trump Media to Melania Trump. Litinsky was fired in March.Rumble, which currently provides Truth Social’s video hosting services, recently went public through a SPAC deal, a process Trump Media is currently looking to complete, too. Trump Media’s deal with shell company Digital World Acquisition Corp., however, is facing legal and financial obstacles.The agreement has passed key deadlines, losing over $100 million in potentia …

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