Oh boy, buckle up folks, because we’re about to dive headfirst into the Twittersphere of the former President himself, Donald J. Trump. Love him or hate him (and let’s be real, there are plenty of people on both sides of that fence), there’s no denying that Trump’s tweets were a force to be reckoned with during his time in office.
First things first, let’s talk about the sheer volume of tweets that Trump sent out during his presidency. According to the folks over at the Trump Twitter Archive (yes, that’s a real thing), Trump sent out a whopping 26,379 tweets between January 20, 2017 and January 8, 2021. That’s an average of over 17 tweets per day, which is just bananas.
But it’s not just the quantity of tweets that’s impressive – it’s the quality (or lack thereof) as well. Trump’s tweets were notorious for their lack of polish and their propensity for misspellings and grammatical errors. In fact, there’s a whole genre of Twitter account dedicated solely to correcting Trump’s spelling and grammar mistakes.
But despite the lack of polish, there’s no denying that Trump’s tweets were effective in getting his message out to his base. Whether he was tweeting about “fake news” or throwing shade at his political opponents, Trump’s tweets had a way of cutting through the noise and getting people talking.
Of course, it wasn’t just the content of Trump’s tweets that was controversial – it was also the way in which he used Twitter as a platform. Trump’s tendency to tweet impulsively and without filter led to numerous controversies and scandals throughout his presidency.
For example, there was the time in 2017 when Trump tweeted that he had been wiretapped by President Obama during the 2016 election – a claim that was quickly debunked by the intelligence community. And then there was the time in 2020 when Trump tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” during protests against police brutality – a tweet that was widely criticized for inciting violence.
But love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Trump’s tweets had a huge impact on American politics during his time in office. Whether he was using Twitter to rally his base or to attack his opponents, Trump’s tweets were always a force to be reckoned with.
So what’s next for the former President’s Twitter account? Well, as of this writing, Trump is still banned from the platform following his role in inciting the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol. But who knows – maybe one day we’ll see him back on Twitter, firing off misspelled and grammatically incorrect tweets at his political opponents once again.