Donald Trump spent all day Tuesday attacking everyone who doesn’t like him, hurling pejoratives like “psycho” and “stupid” left and right. But during his Twitter rant, one target stood out in particular: Twitter itself. Trump ripped into his own favorite social network in vicious, dishonest, and incoherent fashion. Now we know why he did it.
Here’s what Trump said about Twitter this morning: “They don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 [million]. But should be much higher than that if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games. No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!”
There are so many things wrong, confusing, and laughable about that tweet, we’re not even sure where to start. He actually has 59 million followers, not 100 million – and his complaints about Twitter being “hard for people to sign on” sound like someone who’s upset about not knowing how to program the VCR. But now we know why he went on the bender: it was all positioning for a meeting he was about to have later in the day.
This afternoon Donald Trump tweeted that he’d just had a “Great meeting this afternoon at the White House with Jack from Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” That’s right, Trump posted all that crazed smack talk about Twitter in an attempt at unnerving Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ahead of their meeting. We can only hope that it didn’t work, and that Twitter isn’t caving to Trump’s insistence that the platform be slanted unfairly in his direction.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report