Categories for Social Media

31,857. 12/16/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DanScavino: Alright, let’s see some MEME’s for social media! Ya never know, one could end up on @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter, Facebook, o…”

Donald Trump,, December 16, 2019 8:28 am

31,788. 12/13/2019

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The always prolific tweeter-in-chief appears to have hit a new record. The president’s @realDonaldTrump account had tweeted and retweeted 115 times by late Thursday [12-12-19] night, marking what could be his most active day on the platform yet. The avalanche came as the House judiciary committee pressed toward a historic vote on Friday [12-13-19] to approve articles of impeachment against him. Trump has noticeably ramped up his tweeting during the impeachment inquiry. He tweeted 77 times on Wednesday [12-11-19] and 105 times on Sunday [12-8-19], repeatedly declaring his innocence and retweeting comments and video of supporters defending his conduct.”

AP Staff, “Trump appears to hit new Twitter record with impeachment tweets,” The Guardian, December 13, 2019 11:53 pm

31,760. 12/13/2019

CHILDREN/CLIMATE CHANGE/CYBERBULLYING/MELANIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Melania Trump, who last year promoted anti-cyberbullying tips as part of her child-focused kindness campaign called ‘Be Best,’ sidestepped any comment Friday [12-13-19] on President Trump’s recent decision to mock Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, on Twitter. ‘Be Best’ is the first lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,’ Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said in a statement first reported by CNN. ‘It is no secret that the president and first lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.’ A day earlier, Mr. Trump targeted Ms. Thunberg after Time magazine named her its person of the year. ‘So ridiculous,’ Mr. Trump said on Twitter. ‘Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!’”

Katie Rogers, “Despite ‘Be Best’ Campaign, Melania Trump Stays Mum as Husband Mocks Greta Thunberg,” The New York Times online, December 13, 2019

31,759. 12/13/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under pressure over his possible impeachment, President Richard M. Nixon supposedly talked to the paintings in the White House. President Bill Clinton absently toyed with his old campaign buttons. President Trump punches out Twitter messages in the lonely midnight hour. Long after his staff has gone home, long after the lights have gone out elsewhere around the capital, the besieged 45th president hunkers down in the upstairs residential portion of the Executive Mansion venting his frustration and cheering on his defenders through social media blasts. This is a season of conflicting impulses for a president who often seems governed by them. As the House moves toward what even he says is an inevitable vote to impeach him for high crimes and misdemeanors, Mr. Trump toggles between self-pity and combativeness. He looks forward to a Senate trial that he seems sure to win and thinks that it will help him on the campaign trail when he travels the country boasting that he had been ‘exonerated’ after the latest partisan ‘witch hunt.’”

Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “For Trump, Impeachment May Be a Political Plus but Also a Personal Humiliation,” The New York Times online, December 13, 2019

31,736. 12/12/2019

IMPEACHMENT/MEDIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just hours before a House panel was set to approve articles of impeachment against him, President Donald Trump flexed his Twitter fingers, blasting out more than 100 tweets and retweets covering everything from the impeachment proceedings and trade to his Mar-a-Lago resort and his upset for Time magazine’s Person of the Year honor. The deluge began, as most Trump tweetstorms do, with a reference to a segment on Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends’ at 6:51 a.m. Touting a new poll that found just over half of registered voters oppose impeaching the president, Trump claimed: ‘I did nothing wrong. This will be the first Impeachment ever where there was no crime. They don’t even allege a crime. Crazy!’ From there, they just kept coming, with the president pumping out more than 80 in a three-hour span.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump goes on Twitter tear ahead of panel vote on articles of impeachment,” Politico, December 12, 2019 1:55 pm

31,716. 12/12/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/CYBERBULLYING/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump revived his attacks on 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday [12-12-19], criticizing Time magazine for naming her Person of the Year and telling Thunberg to ‘chill!’ ‘So ridiculous,’ Trump, who was also on the shortlist to receive the honor, complained on Twitter. ‘Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”’ Thunberg, the youngest person to ever receive the honor, wasted no time in reclaiming the barb, changing her Twitter biography to read, ‘A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.’”

-Abbey Marshall, “Trump mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg after Time honor,” Politico, December 12, 2019 11:57 am

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


Donald Trump,, 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.

Donald Trump,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, July 12, 2019 6:54 am