TWITTER MASTER TRUMP STRIKES AGAIN
Between his long-standing personal Twitter account and his official White House Twitter account, President Trump has many millions of followers. Each of his tweets is often “liked” more than 100,000 times and retweeted, on rough average, 20,000 times. That is a lot of buzz. Mr. Trump has tweeted 953 times since taking office on @POTUS, his official tweet source. He also has tweeted 35,400 times on @realDonaldTrump — the personal account he has held since 2009.
There is much indignation in the mainstream media over this phenomenon. Journalists and critics alike often act as if Mr. Trump’s frequent tweets are not a legitimate form of communication, or unpresidential. This has not always been the case.
On March 17, 2009, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos conducted the network’s very first official Twitter interview with Sen. John McCain. Everyone concerned appeared delighted. Mr. Stephanopoulos referred to the exchange as a “Twitterview” and offered this comment in the aftermath: “Twitter’s fun. The concision it demands is both blessing and curse. You gain directness. You lose a bit of subtlety and comprehensiveness.”
At the time, Republican strategist Ron Bonjean also offered this observation: “The positive thing is that Twitter can work. Short bites of information are always effective.”
All these years later, Mr. Trump appears to have honed his tweet skills to a fine edge. He continues to cut to the chase, and remains the daily centerpiece of global news coverage.
“Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!” he tweeted Tuesday.
Tweets began as a novel way for politicians to communicate. President Trump appears to have mastered the practice, drawing a lot of buzz. His tweets reach millions of people and receive thousands of retweets.