Monday, May 30, 2016

The Power of Trump Twitter
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Lately  I’ve been doing a lot of tweets on twitter.  Twitter’s power is its brevity – say what you have to say in 140 characters or less. 
My tweet today was – Come One! Come All! Welcome to the Twitter Free-for-All Brawl! See the latest Trump news break!  See insults being cast.
Compared to Donald Trump,  I’m a mere twit.   I’ve done 1312 tweets and have 67 followers.  He’s tweeted 32,100 times, and he has 8.54 million followers.
Donald Trump uses Twitter to keep his name in front of people every hour of every day.   He often tweets 12 times a day, sometimes  more.   He’s also on Instagram and Facebook.  He uses the power of the social media to agitate, motivate, and promote, to settle old scores, and start new ones.  
By doing so, he keeps his name constantly before voters,  foregoes costly, conventional methods and unleashes free, urgent,  and visceral messages to  his followers, many of whom will retweet them to friends.    He uses tweets to keep alive endless feuds, to stroke egos,  to criticize the media.    He is the master of pithy putdown  and virtuoso of the tweet. 
He is known for his direct and indirect  slights on his political rivals, for giving them derogatory nicknames,  and for articulating what his followers are thinking.   Trump is in command of the Art of the Insult and use of nicknames are a concise counterpunch.
Below are 6 of his recent tweets.
·         Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in Japan.  Thousands of Americans died.

·         I find it offensive  Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometime referred to as Pocahontas, pretended be Native American to get into Harvard.

·         The Inspector General’s report on Crooked Hillary Clinton is a  disaster.  Such bad judgment and temperament cannot be allowed in the W.H.

·         The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag.  The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside criminals! 

·         Crooked Hillary just can’t close deal with Bernie Sanders.  I have knocked  out 16 very smart and very good candidates.  Hillary doesn’t have it. 

·         I broke all-time records for most votes gotten by Republicans  by a lot – and with many states to go.
Apparently it is difficult for rich person to be modest, or a modest person to be rich.  Whether his lack of modesty will propel him into the White House remains a billion dollar question (the cost of a general election campaign), but  given his success with Twitter,  I wouldn’t bet against him.  As Dizzy Dean, the winning St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, said after winning 28 games,  "If you can do it, you ain't bragging."

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