Categories for Social Media

30,925. 11/22/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “Former National Security Adviser John Bolton – a potential witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump – resumed tweeting Friday [11-22-19] and appeared to issue a threat to his former boss…Bolton, who left his post in September, did not elaborate on what he might ‘say’ with respect to the investigation of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the subject of the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House.  A former ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, Bolton has previously hinted at his knowledge of the events House Democrats are now scrutinizing. Bolton was ‘personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony,’ his attorney wrote to House Democrats earlier this month.” 

-David Jackson, “John Bolton re-opens Twitter account, says White House withheld his access,” USA Today, November 22, 2019 2:38 pm

30,300. 11/5/2019

DONALD JR/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP FAMILY: “Donald Trump Jr. revealed Tuesday [11-5-19] that his father has warned him on more than one occasion to cool down the incendiary rhetoric on his Twitter feed, with President Donald Trump reportedly cautioning that his son’s social media presence was ‘getting a little hot’…Trump Jr., who was appearing on the president’s favorite cable morning program to promote his new book, proceeded to re-enact one such conversation with his father — extending his thumb and little finger and holding his hand to his ear to mimic an incoming phone call from the West Wing…Trump Jr. acknowledged, however, that while he values his father’s counsel, the efforts to chill his posts online weren’t especially convincing given the president’s propensity for regularly firing off explosive tweets.”

Quint Forgey, “Don Jr. says Trump warned him his tweets were getting ‘a little hot’” Politico, November 5, 2019 10:18 am

30,057. 10/30/2019

MILITARY/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [10-30-19] shared an altered photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader. The image, which bears a watermark for a social media account for the conservative news site The Daily Wire, appeared to be an altered version of a 2017 Associated Press photograph. In the original, Mr. Trump is seen awarding a Medal of Honor to James C. McCloughan, a retired Army medic who is credited with saving the lives of 10 men during the war in Vietnam. Mr. Trump has spoken of the dog, whose name Newsweek reported is Conan, in glowing terms in the days since the raid, which culminated with Mr. al-Baghdadi detonating a suicide bomb, killing himself and several children and injuring the dog.”

Niraj Chokshi and Karen Zraick, “Trump Tweets Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

29,780. 10/22/2019

DEMS/GOP/INVESTIGATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Many congressional Republicans are done trying to defend President Donald Trump after he said he was the victim of a lynching on Tuesday [10-22-19] — but that doesn’t mean they’re trying to rein him in, either. Trump’s tweet comparing the impeachment process to a ‘lynching’ set off a firestorm of Democratic criticism but largely a wrist slap from Republicans, who have grown frustrated but accustomed to the president’s inflammatory rhetoric. After more than four years of trying to limit the president’s divisive style, asking him to stop tweeting or focus on the economy, the Republican Party has given up any pretense of trying to rein him in…Republicans had already been privately expressing frustration that Trump has been acting as a one-man war room in the impeachment fight, lashing out in Cabinet meetings and lobbing attacks from his Twitter account.”

Melanie Zanona, Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine, “Republicans quit trying to rein in Trump after ‘lynching’ tweet,” Politico, October 22, 2019 6:15 pm

29,604. 10/18/2019

NANCY PELOSI/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When President Trump tweeted a photograph of Speaker Nancy Pelosi rising to storm out of a meeting with him this week in the Cabinet Room, he meant it as an insult, branding her ‘Nervous Nancy’ and saying she had had an ‘unhinged meltdown.’ But the photograph — which depicts Ms. Pelosi, 79, standing and wagging her finger at a scowling Mr. Trump, 73, seated across the table — quickly went viral for an entirely different reason, hailed by progressives as the latest iconic image of Washington’s most powerful woman telling an impetuous president exactly what is what. Ms. Pelosi’s staff rushed to make the picture, which was taken by an official White House photographer, the background of her Twitter profile, as her fans posted it with glee, using hashtags like #PresidentPelosi and #PelosiOwnsTrump.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Viral Photo Captures Power Dynamic Between Trump and Nancy Pelosi,” The New York Times online, October 18, 2019

29,515. 10/15/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Twitter said on Tuesday [10-15-19] that it would continue to be lenient with world leaders who appeared to violate its policies against violent speech because the company believed preserving those tweets served the public interest. The announcement came as Twitter grapples with scrutiny for hosting President Trump’s increasingly virulent messages about the impeachment proceedings against him. Under pressure from Democrats to take action against Mr. Trump’s account, Twitter said that it would take action against a world leader’s account only if it was used to threaten an individual, promote terrorism or self-harm, or post private information like a phone number…The social media service has been under growing pressure since a whistle-blower complaint emerged in September that Mr. Trump sought to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain.”

Kate Conger, “Twitter Stands by Trump Amid Calls to Terminate His Account,” The New York Times online, October 15, 2019

29,503. 10/15/2019

MEDIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump ‘strongly condemns’ a graphic and violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, the White House said Monday [10-14-19]. But his press secretary said he hadn’t yet watched the two-minute clip. The video, which drew widespread condemnation, was played during a conference held by conservative supporters of the president at his Miami golf resort last week. It depicts a gruesome scene inside a ‘Church of Fake News’ in which a figure whose face has been replaced with an image of Trump goes on a shooting rampage, targeting a long list of political rivals, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, former President Barack Obama and numerous news organizations. The video, the existence of which The New York Times was first to report, was notable for its level of violence.”

AP Staff, “White House: Trump Condemns Violent Parody, Hasn’t Seen It,” Associated Press, October 15, 2019 9:10 am 

29,400. 7/11/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “#SocialMediaSummit @WhiteHouse https://t.co/Z7tlvC3QUN

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 7:37 pm

28,546. 9/19/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today. https://t.co/k5ofQREfOc https://t.co/jNt93F2BsG

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 19, 2019 7:03 pm

28,229. 9/9/2019

CELEBS/CRIME/LEGISLATION/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump called the model Chrissy Teigen ‘filthy mouthed’ and the musician John Legend ‘boring’ in tweets on Sunday [9-8-19] night that trumpeted the president’s achievements in criminal justice reform, prompting them to fire back. Mr. Legend called on the first lady to intervene, and Ms. Teigen used vulgarities. The couple, who are married, are both frequent critics of the president. By Monday [9-9-19] morning, the expletives used by Ms. Teigen — including one that Mr. Trump famously used in a recording that surfaced shortly before his election in 2016 — were part of a trending hashtag on Twitter. A related hashtag, #filthymouthedwife, was also trending. In his tweets shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Mr. Trump appeared to be responding to Mr. Legend’s appearance at a criminal justice town hall that was hosted by the ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt at the Sing Sing prison in Ossining, N.Y., and aired on MSNBC at 10 p.m. that night.”

Jacey Fortin, “Trump Insults Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and They Fire Back,” The New York Times online, September 9, 2019

27,186. 8/5/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/RACISM/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s re-election campaign has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an ‘invasion’ at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter. Since January, Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has posted more than 2,000 ads on Facebook that include the word ‘invasion’ — part of a barrage of advertising focused on immigration, a dominant theme of his re-election messaging. A review of Mr. Trump’s tweets also found repeated references to an ‘invasion,’ while his 2016 campaign advertising heavily featured dark warnings about immigrants breaching America’s borders. Mr. Trump’s language on immigration — particularly his use of the word ‘invasion’ — is under scrutiny after the mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday [8-3-19]. The suspect in that shooting, which left 22 people dead, appeared to be the author of a manifesto declaring that ‘this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.’”

Thomas Kaplan, “How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim,” The New York Times online, August 5, 2019

27,053. 7/30/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @ThatTrumpGuy: Being suspended from Twitter has me missing incredible videos like this one! HAVE YOU SEEN THIS!?!?!? Thank you @realDona…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 30, 2019 11:55 am

26,575. 7/14/2019

MINORITIES/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @usminority: ‘In January of 2017, I bitterly proclaimed on social media that I would never be able to understand how anybody could vote…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 14, 2019 7:36 am

26,539. 7/13/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @THEHermanCain: Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for the invite to the White House Social Media Summit. I enjoyed my time and am grateful f…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:38 am

26,538. 7/13/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @THEHermanCain: Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for the invite to the White House Social Media Summit. I enjoyed my time and am grateful f…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:38 am

26,537. 7/13/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @THEHermanCain: Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for the invite to the White House Social Media Summit. I enjoyed my time and am grateful f…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:38 am

26,503. 7/12/2019

GOP/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GOPLeader: President @realDonaldTrump’s #SocialMediaSummit was a very important event. Conservatives will NOT be silenced, and American…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:54 am

26,502. 7/12/2019

GOP/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @HawleyMO: Just came from the White House Social Media Summit where I had chance to stand alongside @realDonaldTrump and talk about why…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:54 am

26,501. 7/12/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @UnplannedMovie: What’s it like being a film whose social media platforms were totally shut down because owners didn’t like the implicat…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:54 am

26,500. 7/12/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @prageru: [email protected] highlighting Big Tech censorship of conservatives at the White House Social Media Summit. https://t.co/sC2mdpV…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:54 am

26,499. 7/12/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RobertBluey: Grateful to attend today’s #SocialMediaSummit with 250 other digital leaders, members of Congress & Cabinet secretaries wh…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:54 am

26,498. 7/12/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @IWV: 🤳 iPhones fully charged (✅) at the @WhiteHouse #SocialMediaSummit🇺🇸 https://t.co/SlJOM1j0aT

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:53 am

26,490. 7/12/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: #SocialMediaSummit @WhiteHouse https://t.co/Z7tlvC3QUN

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:31 am

26,466. 7/11/2019

REGULATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, I am directing my Administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect the free speech rights of ALL AMERICANS. We hope to see more transparency, more accountability, and more FREEDOM! #SocialMediaSummit https://t.co/i6th5qtfAj 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 6:01 pm

26,464. 7/11/2019

MEDIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady. When I ultimately leave office in six..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 10:52 am