Are you there, Twitter? It’s me, Donald.

Elena Alvarez

@elenaalvarezpr

Say what you want about President Barack Obama, But at least his twitter doesn’t mirror that of a petty 13 year-old-girl. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has a twitter profile that rivals that of the girl you knew in sixth grade. You know that one.

The very grown man uses twitter as a platform to whine incessantly on times he felt treated unfairly.

For example, Protests broke out in response to the businessman’s election to United States President. Trump took to twitter to voice his disapproval. Calling the protests which were at the time, into their second day in cities across the nation.

Friendly reminder that Trump felt very differently about election protests in 2012.

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Perhaps the most interesting of Trump’s twitter meltdowns was his disapproval of the post-performance speech given by the cast of the Broadway play, Hamilton, directed toward his Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

In maybe one of the more ludicrous of Trump’s twitter tantrums was his whining about Alec Baldwin’s parody of him on Saturday Night Live. For decades, Presidents have been parodied on the comedy show but Trump felt personally attacked enough to get on twitter and voice his condemnation.

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While it might make for an entertaining millisecond while scrolling through twitter (for those with the stomach to follow him) there’s a bit of a horrifying undertone to all of this.

The theater, the press, and protests are all outlets of our first amendment right as citizens of this nation. When our President-elect feels the need to get on social media and condemn day-after-day different displays of free-speech by American’s, that is concerning. Trump was elected president and used the same kind of social media in that process. Trump is and has been since the dawn of his campaign a provocateur and his chosen weapon is Twitter.

Sources:

Cummings, W. (2016, November 11). Trump calls protests ‘unfair’ in first controversial tweet as president-elect. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/10/trump-tweet-professional-protesters-media/93624612/

Chen, J. (2016, November 19). Donald Trump Calls on ‘Hamilton’ Cast to Apologize to Mike Pence, ‘A Very Good Man’ Retrieved from http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/donald-trump-calls-on-hamilton-cast-to-apologize-to-mike-pence-w451524

 

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