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|A scary fake version of President Trump from "Twitter"|
I don't have a Twitter account and have never sent a tweet. Is my life less complete because of this? I very much doubt it.
Of course the most famous Twitter user is the 45th President of The United States. Ever since he was elected, I have been interested in his tweets. After all, he is the single most powerful person in the western world. It is conceivable that what he tweets will frequently make significant ripples.
I have noticed Mr Trump's mis-spellings, his late night rants, his tiresome "fake news" mantra and his apparent inability to apologise about anything. Humility just doesn't seem to figure anywhere in this chap's personal inventory. Sorry is for losers, right?
Two days ago there was a fatal rail accident in Washington State. The scene was shocking. It is certain that if Barack Obama were still in office his initial messages would have demonstrated compassion for the injured and for the families and friends of the dead. A normal and humane reaction.
But that was not the first instinct of Mr Trump. Instead, he saw the accident as an opportunity to make political capital. Ten minutes later his insincere message of sympathy emerged on Twitter as an afterthought - no doubt prompted by a family member or another figure from his nervous camp. But this is what he first tweeted:-
I clicked on it and for the first time discovered that whenever Trump tweets, other Twitter users respond. This was a revelation to me.
Clearly some of the respondents are orchestrated Trump defenders but most follow-up tweets are from ordinary citizens, regular Twitter users. Every time El Presidente tweets there is a cascade of responses - many of them extremely scathing and scornful.
Here's are just three of the responses that Trump's train tragedy tweet attracted:-
The animosity shown in these tweets is pretty mild compared with responses to many of Trump's other tweets. It is amazing how anarchic Twitter can be. Trump is meddling with fire. Surely somebody should have explained the nature of statesmanship to him. His reliance upon Twitter as his shoot-from-the-hip preferred means of communication is astonishing and continues to demean the lofty office he holds.