Apparently years of using Twitter like a personal battering ram against anyone he doesn’t like in that moment has left Donald Trump a little sensitive. If you aren’t on Twitter, I really cannot recommend enough that you go get yourself an account. Our president’s preferred form of communication is Twitter, and if you want to get information as soon as it leaves his lips — alternative fact or actual fact — then Twitter’s where you want to be. Another reason you should be on Twitter is so you can read the thousands of angry, trolling responses that President Trump gets to every one of his tweets, and according to a story in Gizmodo today, those caustic replies he gets might have more an impact on Trump than you’d imagine.
On Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, an occasion that most people would celebrate as one of the greatest moments in their life. Donald Trump, however, reportedly spent the day getting “increasingly angry”-all because of some not-so-nice messages on Twitter.
Per the Gizmodo piece, a report in the New York Times included details about the inaugural weekend. That report contained information from unnamed aides that said all the negative and critical tweets Trump got on Friday — the day he became the most powerful man in the world — gave him a sad.
According to The New York Times, a series of tweets pointing out that Trump’s inauguration was not as well attended as Obama’s in 2009 caused the President to become increasingly upset, a mood that only lifted with Friday night’s festivities. But the pain, it seems, was back Saturday morning, and Trump was “filled anew with a sense of injury,” according to several Times sources close the President. (source)
The piece in New York Times gave some more insight.
To the extent that there was a plan to take advantage of the first days of his administration, when a president is usually at his maximum leverage, Mr. Trump threw it aside with a decision to lash out about crowd sizes at his swearing in and to rewrite the history of his dealings with intelligence agencies.
The lack of discipline troubled even senior members of Mr. Trump’s circle, some of whom had urged him not to indulge his simmering resentment at what he saw as unfair news coverage. Instead, Mr. Trump chose to listen to other aides who shared his outrage and desire to punch back. By the end of the weekend, he and his team were scrambling to get back on script. (source)
You know what this all makes me remember? This moment from the Democratic National Convention. It was during Hillary Clinton’s keynote address, having just secured the Democratic Party’s nomination. The moment I’m referring to is when she talks about Donald Trump being able to be baited with a tweet.
If what we read in Gizmodo and The New York Times is to be trusted, Clinton was right on the money in her criticism of Trump. Not that we needed to wait until he was sworn-in or elected to know this. Trump’s Twitter feed has always been a cesspool of insults and demagoguery.
In fact, what makes all the complaints and sensitivities that Trump has on this issue even more tasty in its irony is that Genghis Con is the king of Twitter trolls. Some of his must unhinged and infamous tweets came after President Obama was re-elected in 2012. You might also remember that Trump used Twitter to mercilessly peddle the Birther myth, bullying Obama with a racist lie.
Shortly after President Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2012 election, Donald Trump had what some might call a melodramatic freak out on Twitter. He condemned America’s democratic process, said the Electoral College should get out of town and called for a revolution.
But it’s not like Trump limited his bullying to President Obama. Actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell has been a favorite target of his for years. As has been pretty much anyone that Trump felt insulted by.
I keep coming back to this idea, so something tells me it’s going to be a common refrain for as long as Trump is in office — he is a master projector. He’s obviously assembled a team of people who are good at it too. Because everything they accuse their opponents of doing — lying, doubting, being mean to them — are hallmarks of Trump’s behavior. For Chrissakes, Trumpers list his willingness to beat up on and bully people as a reason they voted for him.
There shouldn’t be a shred of sympathy felt for Trump. For years he and Republican voters chastised Obama and called him a weak, feckless leader. If Trump or they weren’t ready to take the crap they were dishing, they have no moral high ground to stand on now. In fact, knowing that my mean tweets bother President Trump so much doesn’t make me want to dial them back. If anything it makes me want to troll him even harder…starting…now.
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