Former US President Donald Trump’s new social media business, Trump Media & Technology Group, said on Monday that US Representative Devin Nunes would take over as CEO in January.
Devin Nunes, a divisive Republican from the San Joaquin Valley and fervent Trump fan, is leaving Congress at the end of December to lead a social media startup founded by the former president.
Nunes would have had difficult reelection in the 2022 midterms under the draught redistricting plans presented in November since his district would have grown considerably more Democratic. Because members of Congress are not required to live in their districts, Nunes might have used his substantial campaign finances to run for a more favorable seat.
The Trump Media & Technology Group announced shortly after receiving the email that Nunes, 48, would be its chief executive officer beginning in January. After being banned from Twitter and Facebook in January following the Capitol insurgency, Trump founded the social media firm.
Nunes claimed he was humbled when Trump asked him to run his new firm, ‘Truth Social,’ which plans to create a social media site. The former dairy farmer’s retirement comes at a time when congressional districts are redrawn every decade, and California is losing a member of Congress for the first time in its history.
Nunes represents the 22nd Congressional District in California, including portions of Fresno and Tulare counties. Therefore, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare, and a portion of Fresno are all included.
The first official draught map produced by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Wednesday indicates that Nunes’ district has become significantly bluer.
Nunes will shift from representing a district that Trump won by five percentage points to a district that President Joe Biden won by nine percentage points due to the new topography. According to FiveThirtyEight’s redistricting tracker, the district’s partisan lean favors Democrats by about five percentage points.
However, if 2022 is a red wave year, which seems increasingly plausible given Biden’s declining support ratings and the outcomes of this week’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey.