But of late – and with regard to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation in particular – the President is embracing…
But of late – and with regard to Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation in particular – the President is embracing his inner troll. Consider how Trump spent his Wednesday morning.
The image features a series of people behind prison bars – including special counsel Mueller, former President Barack Obama and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ̵
1; with the words, “Now that Russian collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?” written across the picture.
The common thread on all of this Trump Twitter activity? Conservative troll work. Alle de genoemde noties – dat de Mueller-probe is onwettig en de mensen die betrokken zijn bij de vorming moeten worden gehaald, de valse claim over de soort staatssteun en een ongedocumenteerde immigrant is in aanmerking om te ontvangen, de impliciete media tolerantie van racisme door democratische politici – – have been kicking around the fever swamps of the conservative Internet right for a while now.
Trump has done this before. In December 2017, he retweeted an image showing the “CNN” logo squashed on his shoe. A few months earlier, Trump drew national headlines by retweeting an image of a “Trump Train” running over a person who had the CNN logo for a head. There are other examples but, well, you get the idea.
So why does Trump use his immense social media power to tweet out fringe right memes and other ephemera from the darkness of the Internet? Because, well, that’s who he is. Han tror han er selvfølgelig den mest utsatte gruppe av eliter som har latt på ham bak deres hånd for hele livet.
The presidency and his Twitter account – and, yes, I think he believes they are of equal importance – allow Trump to both level the playing field and make his enemies feel the sting of his wrath. Att hans hele vanquishing-din-fiender ting er ikke præsidentielt eller ikke den slags atferd, som nogen af oss ville lære våre barn, er det ingen bekymring for Trump.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN! “
Which, honestly, says it all. Donald Trump is a president who acts like an Internet troll. He finds nuggets, shapes them to his liking and then shares them. Facts, context and fairness are secondary concerns – if they are concerns at all.
The big difference between Trump and your average Internet troll? He has 56 million followers. What makes what he is doing very, very dangerous.