Monday, April 27, 2020

Donald Trump's Weapon of Choice is Twitter

Donald Trump is a prolific Tweeter – he once said “The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump”. 

And because he is the president of the United States of America, what he says – whatever the forum – matters. He spews BS most of the time – he is prone to tweeting nasty stuff and some of them turn out to be really toxic.

In the summer and fall of 2014, Trump posted close to 100 tweets denigrating and disparaging the Obama administration's response to the Ebola crisis. 

His tweets included the observation "I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent". He called Barack Obama (left) "stupid" and suggested that he "personally embrace all people in the US who contract Ebola!" 

He also callously tweeted that an American medical volunteer who had contracted Ebola while abroad shouldn't be allowed back home, arguing that the person should instead "suffer the consequences!" 

Then there’s the tweet he sent out that featured an edited video of a speech from Ilhan Omar (right) intercut with footage from the 9/11 attacks – and which brought about a deluge of death threats against the US Representative for Minnesota. 

On yet another occasion, he retweeted a doctored image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wearing Islamic head garb in front of an Iranian flag. 

“The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue”, read the tweet, in case anyone didn’t get the message. 

The manipulated image of Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wearing a turban and a headscarf in front of an Iranian flag, that US president Donald Trump retweeted

Jill Filipovic had written in Cosmopolitan: “In Trump’s tweets, he tells us exactly what he thinks and exactly who he is” (December 01, 2016). 

Maybe so but I also happen to believe that Trump has an agenda that is all about tweeting profusely to serve two objectives. First, to stroke his own ego and second, to further his political agenda. 

It should be obvious to all that his tweets sculpt and shape the national conversation in ways that play to his fan base. That’s all he cares about. 

Plus the fact that his tweets distract the American public from his misdeeds and slip-ups. Not to mention, he possesses this bellicose proclivity to launch ferocious attacks against opponents, real and/or imagined, to de-legitimize and discredit them. 

I would not be surprised nor shocked if one day, the entire history of the Trump presidency might be told through his angry tweet blasts that are packed with racist, sexist and xenophobic rhetoric that are becoming commonplace on the bully pulpit. 

Truly, Twitter is a weapon of choice for Trump.

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