KEY POINTS

  • Donald Trump is happier and more relaxed after he was banned from social media
  • The former president realized that not being on social media was good for him
  • Melania loves it that her husband is happier now after the social media ban

Donald Trump is no longer defiant after being banned from social media, according to a report.

Trump has been banned from various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter after the riot at the Capitol. But the incident did more good to the ex-POTUS, according to Jason Miller, his former campaign aide.

"The president has said he feels happier now than he’s been in some time," he told the UK's Sunday Times. "He’s said that not being on social media, and not being subject to the hateful echo chamber that social media too frequently becomes, has actually been good."

Trump's wife Melania Trump backs her husband. The former first lady is also happy seeing her husband enjoying himself more after the social media ban.

"That’s something the First Lady [Melania] has backed up as well. She has said she loves it, that he’s much happier and is enjoying himself much more," the campaign strategist continued.

Aside from Melania, Miller also noticed the changes in Trump's disposition. He agreed that he is more relaxed, probably, not just because of the social media ban but because Trump is now free from the pressures of the highest office.

It's been "the first time in years that I saw the president truly relaxed," Miller said. "Only 45 other people in US history have experienced what it is like to have the world on their shoulders . . . and to be able to exhale, knowing that it’s not all on you, for the first time in four years."

Trump enjoyed "very tender moments" with his family at the White House before his departure and Miller was there to witness it. Some were sad about their exit, but there was a sense of pride because Trump's administration was "the single most successful first term in US presidential history," Miller added.

The netizens have mixed opinions when Trump was banned on Twitter. Some were happy that he is no longer present on the micro-blogging site, but many disagreed with the move because they felt that the ban violated the former president's free speech rights.

"If Twitter blocks everybody they disagree with, where is the freedom of speech? I disagree that they banned Donald Trump. All speech should be allowed," one tweeted.

"I don't agree with much of what Donald Trump voiced on #twitter or in fact his presidency – but to remove and cancel his account is a travesty and a backward step for allowing #FreeSpeech . #darkday #DonaldTrump," David Stretton-Downes wrote.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021 Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021 Photo: AFP / ALEX EDELMAN