Donald Trump Jr. is pushing for a “parallel economy” made up of conservative-friendly companies that will protect free speech and won’t cancel individuals for holding beliefs that run contrary to woke, progressive dogma.
Trump Jr. sat down for an interview with Breitbart telling the conservative news outlet of his plans to launch a podcast venture later this month with Rumble that is part of a broader initiative to build a “parallel economy” immune to censorship.
“I’ve been a big believer in that. I’ve been a big proponent of that. I’m probably the second real big verified user on Rumble for over two years. We’re just taking that to the next level because I believe in these companies,” the eldest son of former President Donald Trump asserted.
“A big focus of what I’ve been doing sort of outside of my daily duties is finding those same companies who are starting in front of the parallel economy where conservatives are saying, ‘well, you’re there, you’re canceling my insurance, or you’re canceling my banking or you’re canceling my phones, or whatever it may be because I’m a conservative. And just because I’m a concerned parent doesn’t make me a domestic terrorist, despite what the FBI has been saying.’ So there’s an entire emerging economy that’s developing around conservatives being set up around the left taking things too far around, woke corporate pushing crap that has nothing to do with the business, with what we’re consuming. People have had enough,” Trump contended.
I'll be launching my new Podcast, Triggered with Don Jr, later this month on @rumblevideo. Make sure that you subscribe to my Rumble channel below so you don't miss a single episode!https://t.co/oCbSGpFL10
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 15, 2023
The podcast is called “Triggered with Don Jr.” It is named after his book and the multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal with Rumble will debut next week. The show will air twice a week and may expand. He already has over a million subscribers on the platform. The show will interview newsmakers on an ongoing variety of issues.
“I think I’ve been sort of being a spokesperson for not just the red state economy, but for platforms who are willing to fight for free speech,” Trump contended in the interview.
“I think that’s an emerging market as evidenced by the tanking in the share price of Disney and Netflix where Americans and conservatives, in particular, are finally saying ‘you know what? They’re not cheap anymore, we’re not gonna let them jam their crap down our throats, ad nauseam, and pretend that we’re supposed to be fine with that. We’re not going to be belittled and called racist because we don’t want that,’” he remarked.
Trump stated that viewers can expect guests such as his father, the former president, as well as newly-elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on the show. But he will also have cultural and non-political guests.
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He also wants to shift to long-form conversations rather than quick soundbites that he contends viewers are constantly subjected to on Fox News and with show hosts such as Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
The former president’s son affirmed that the name of the podcast is linked to his book and highlights the fact that his political commentary triggers the left.
“So it just became something sort of associated with my brand and my political commentary which certainly does seem to trigger the left,” Trump noted. “Now, I think it’s very similar to what I’ve been out there pushing for so long. The opportunity to preserve and protect free speech is so paramount to everything that our democracy and our republic stands for. Yet that’s been under constant barrage and constant threat. The guys at Rumble and Chris Pavlovski and his team over there have done an amazing job creating a platform for both sides. It’s not an echo chamber.”
As a political insider, he believes he can show viewers what is actually going on behind the scenes in D.C. and he believes he has the insight needed to educate conservatives on the inner workings of Congress.
Trump sees himself as a fighter and asserts his viewers do too.
“We all know I wouldn’t get the Hunter Biden treatment,” he said. “But I was doing that even at the time to my attorney, who said ‘hey, you can’t say anything like that.’ I’m like, ‘wait, I’m supposed to just roll over and die and let them lie about me and not fight back?’ Because me telling the truth will somehow be used against me in a court of law. That doesn’t work, it’s not my style. I guess I got to compensate for that one. But in doing that, and in fighting those fights and not giving up, I think I not only vindicated myself but I think I gave myself quite a bit of street cred with our base.”
The younger Trump supported McCarthy for Speaker of the House just as his father did. He plans on discussing McCarthy’s leadership on his show.
“If you look at the first couple of days, it sounds pretty good to me so far,” Trump remarked.
“They’ve gone after the 87,000 IRS agents, they threw Eric Swalwell and even Adam Schiff off of committees, because they recognize that having someone that’s been sleeping with a Chinese spy is not the greatest person to have on an intelligence committee. They’re doing those things. But those are things you would have said that may have never happened before. Now, that doesn’t mean I disliked the debate happening on the floor. Because I think people do want to see those things happen. They do not want to see people just rubber-stamping things under the cloak of darkness. I think I have a unique perspective that most journalists wouldn’t even have. I can have those conversations with those people, for the people,” he concluded.
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