Oh boy! This is going to be fun! Quick disclaimer; since this can only inevitably cross over into personal politics, I’m going to start this post by saying I’m not a fan. If you are a fan, I would say stop reading this right now and if you’re not, then you might find some catharsis in my rantings. With all of that being said, let’s begin.
If you don’t already know who Donald Trump is, where the fuck have you been and how do I become so oblivious to my surroundings? The best (and probably nicest) way to describe Trump is that he is a very polarizing figure who is notorious for his Twitter use. I’m going to pretend that you’ve all just woken up from being cryogenically frozen and give you the rundown about this controversial figure.
Donald J. Trump was born in 1946 and quickly made his mark as a prolific businessman. In 2003, Trump started hosting The Apprentice on NBC, which he would do until 2015. Around the same time, he announced his campaign to run for U.S. President, which he succeeded on November 8, 2016 becoming the oldest elected President in U.S. history, but also the first president to have no background in politics or the military. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, exactly one year ago from the time this blog post is being written.
So, yeah. This is the reality we live in. A businessman and a reality show host is currently the most powerful man in the world. The question as to why or how this came to be is not what this article is about (although it would make for an interesting one). What I am here to talk about is his social media use, particularly Twitter, from before and after he became President. In laments terms, I’m gonna just share some of my favorite tweets and make fun of them, because it’s really easy to do so and I’m celebrating my birthday tonight and could use a break.
I’m going to go through Trump’s other social media platforms before getting to the main course. In comparison to his Twitter, Trump’s Facebook account seems tame. Don’t get me wrong, it spews the same bullshit as all of his other platforms, but it’s clearly run by someone else. Whoever is running the page is doing an okay job at replicating Trump’s shitty personality, but isn’t quite up to snuff with the man himself. I have proof to back up this theory, as Trump himself said that he thought Facebook was out to get him.
With this tweet in mind, it’s safe to say that he isn’t a fan.
I’ll move onto Instagram, which just looking at his page right now is really funny because, again, it kinda comes back to Twitter. The first screen alone is just screenshots of Tweets.
There is more to his Instagram, but it’s mostly just him bragging about all the things he’s done to the point where one may think that it’s his own private porn page.
He has a Youtube page but from what I can tell, it’s reserved to ad campaigns and other things in that vein, which doesn’t give me much to talk about. With that said, lets move on to the big one.
Donald Trump joined Twitter in 2009, and I don’t think that anyone would’ve expected that it would change the world. His tweets are the stuff of legends. People will look back one day to see when it all went wrong and they would probably pinpoint it to the moment he joined Twitter. It really makes me wonder; what was his first tweet? Is anyone else curious? Let’s check…
You know? It’s really weird and refreshing to see a tweet from Trump that doesn’t immediately make me clench up out of fear. At this point, it would only be right to start poking fun at his Twitter. First off, and I’ve never actually seen this complaint before but, I have to ask, what the fuck is up with his Twitter banner?
I’m not criticizing the picture itself, it more of the fact that it’s pixelized to shit. I know it’s a little difficult to see here, and it also may be nitpicking, but seriously? It’s 2018 and you’re the president. Step up your game, man. It may look fine on an iPhone, but on a brand new iMac, it looks like I downloaded a picture from the dark web of someone’s last known photograph.
I shouldn’t even have to comment on the tweets themselves given how infamous they’ve all become, but I am going to analyze some of the trends that they have in common and then get into specifics later. I mentioned earlier how it’s very obvious when someone else is speaking in place of Trump. The difference is that while the people speaking in place of Trump are shitty, Trump’s tweets are downright nihilistic in most instances. Since he has become President, social media has been a voice for not only him and his eager followers, it has also been a voice for his detractors, which is about half the population of the U.S. and most parts of the world (Russia excluded for obvious reasons). Trump has been known to block people that he doesn’t agree with and it’s almost become a meme to try and get blocked by him. His tweets generally fall into three categories: dishonest media/fake news tweets, blaming democrats for his own failures, and my personal favorite, shitposting. Shitposting is basically posting solely to get a rise out of people. On a good day, you get all of these aspects in one like this tweet…
…but generally they’re in separate camps. Occasionally, you’ll get the general update like today since it’s been one year since he’s been President, but those aren’t as memorable.
Trump has mastered an art of sort, in that he can basically do anything he wants and gets significantly less blowback for it than he should. It’s really weird because a normal Tuesday for Trump on Twitter would be the end of someone else’s career. The first major assignment I did studying social media habits was that of Logan Paul’s “dead body” video, and while that was absolutely abhorrent, I believe Trump is far worse in almost every regard. I mean, sure. It’s absolutely tasteless to film a dead body for views and that is a conversation to be had, however potentially causing a nuclear holocaust to inflate one’s ego for the sake of himself is far scarier. I would say that’s just my opinion, but it genuinely frustrates me that some people don’t get that it’s generally a bad idea to provoke leaders. I guess I could see the argument if I were a person with blind faith in someone to do the right thing..but I’m not and I don’t have faith in him to do anything good for humanity. The point is, it felt like people had an enthusiastic energy to do something about Logan Paul, while in Trump’s case, it seems as though people just accept everything he does as just something Trump does, which is a frightening concept to say the least. When all the shit about Harvey Weinstein came out, people didn’t just say “Oh well, that’s just Harvey”. People ended his career instantly and rightfully so. Which makes it all the more frustrating that Trump gets to stay President, as he’s not only been accused of doing similar things Harvey was accused of, but he’s also done far worse. The point of this mini-rant is that a lot of his worse action were started on Twitter.
Has he done anything right? Not really. When someone tweets and your head immediately goes to the worst case scenario, that means something isn’t being done right. I genuinely believe that the course correction that could be attempted is for Donald Trump to leave Twitter indefinitely, or at least until he ceases to be President, which by my calculations is either only a couple of years or a couple of months away depending on whether or not North Korea decides to bomb us. That way, Trump could only be an idiot in the realm of reality where he only says every thought in his head when he’s being pressed by interviewers, where he has some form of restraint (albeit, not that much). If I had to improve the sinking ship that is his Twitter, I would have someone more qualified to run it, but then again, I could use that same argument for his presidency. Hell, even if he had a political puppet do his bidding as President, like some evil cartoon character, that puppet would still be a hell of a lot more diplomatic than what we have right now. The way I see it, things won’t get better until he’s out of office and away from the public eye. I sincerely hope his presidency doesn’t inspire hope in other talk show hosts to run for president…
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P.S Had a very fun time in your class! See you Monday for the next one!