Apparently, U.S. President Donald Trump does not seem to be backing down anytime soon. He is leaving no stone unturned as he heads back to continue his showdown with social media and mainstream news.
On July 2, 2017, he intensified his self-declared war with the mass media, tweeting a modified video that depicts him physically criticizing CNN. A professional wrestling clip, which is only 28 seconds long, shows Trump grabbing and continually hitting a man. The amusing part is that the victim’s head is substituted by an overlaid CNN symbol. Are they trying to say Trump is a bully?
King of Social Media
He will not take credit for being a tyrant. In his mind, he is justified. However, he has dubbed himself the King of Twitter. Moments after the clip posted, Trump headed straight to social media and voiced his disdain, calling them “Fraud News CNN.” However, he was just getting started. A week before, Trump raged war on CBS, NBC, and ABC. He did not stop there. The New York Times and Washington Post were not spared either. Both were called “Fake News!”
If that was not enough, he later condemned “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in an offensive tweet claiming that “low I.Q. Foolish Mika” appeared at Mar-a-Lago, New Year’s Eve “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” Countless Republicans got together with the Democratic Party to show their contempt. Before the day was over, both sides were swiftly rebuking Trump for his MSNBC comments.
However, this still did not stop social media experts from concluding that Trump, with his 6.92 million Twitter supporters, the victor of the social media confrontation.
Trump Twitter Wars
Even though Twitter wars existed long before Trump became president, it is evident he has taken the social media platform to a new level. Twitter was originated not more than 10 years ago. Nowadays, there are a projected 320 million active users.
According to social media experts, Twitter offers one of the most low-cost, unmediated, and carefully-focused methods of communication in the history of any run for election. It is also a boxing match for celebrities. Who could forget the Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton back and forth feud? Or, the Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift confrontation right there before millions of viewers? Do not forget the raging war among Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel on social media that ended with West being invited to Kimmel’s show to bury the hatchet.
None of those feuds come even close to President Trump’s reign of terror on Twitter. In fact, since June 28, he has been going on a personal rampage, confronting every news outlet he could find.
Trump Taking No Prisoners
He might not be taking any prisoners on social media, but none of his opponents appear to be backing down either. “Morning Joe” hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski fired back, on June 29 and stated the president is a huge liar. They went on to say that he was obsessed with their program. Furthermore, they expressed that he is not psychologically fit for health or the nation.
Brzezinski made the point that she was worried about how Trump deals with women, especially those that oppose him. The co-host mentioned she mocked a Post story in regards to a counterfeit Time magazine cover, featuring the president’s face, hanging at his golf clubs. She believes this caused the newest Twitter war. Some experts think that Trump’s tweets resuscitated alarms concerning his opinions of women, in a nation where respect is already in short supply. Some argue that he might be fighting for any support he can find for his suggestions on health care, immigration, and other debatable matters.
At the end of the day, it does seem as if the president will stop tweeting anytime soon. With that said, Trump’s continual showdown on social media will not be coming to an end.
Opinion News by Jomo Merritt
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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