Donald Trump's Tweets About Bill Clinton & The DNC Prove Twitter Is His Political Strategy
Donald Trump might officially be the Republican presidential candidate now, but there's still an awful lot the American public doesn't know about his actual platform. One thing pretty much the entire world knows a lot about though? His prolific tweeting habits. As usual, Trump has been using the social media outlet to share a seemingly endless stream of bold claims, criticisms, and comments that pat himself on the back for a job well done. Donald Trump's tweets about Bill Clinton and the DNC following the second night of the event are no different, and suggest that, out of all the unconventional aspects of his presidential campaign, his reliance on Twitter might just be one of his most important political strategies.
On the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, former president Bill Clinton addressed the crowd, speaking about his wife's strength and skill as a "change-maker," according to The New York Times. He didn't mention Trump specifically in his speech, but that didn't keep Trump from hitting back anyway. In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump called Clinton "highly overrated," writing, "No matter what Bill Clinton says and no matter how well he says it, the phony media will exclaim it to be incredible."
No matter what Bill Clinton says and no matter how well he says it, the phony media will exclaim it to be incredible. Highly overrated!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
But, of course, it wasn't just Clinton Trump had choice words for. Naturally, Trump has been following the DNC intently, and has called out a number of the speakers for what they had to say in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic party as a whole.
There was his tweet about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren after her speech on Monday:
Pocahontas bombed last night! Sad to watch.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
Then came the tweets about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:
Bernie's exhausted, he just wants to shut down and go home to bed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
Many of Bernie's supporters have left the arena. Did Bernie go home and go to sleep?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
And, of course, more tweets about Hillary:
Crooked Hillary Clinton wants to flood our country with Syrian immigrants that we know little or nothing about. The danger is massive. NO!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
As I have been saying, Crooked Hillary will approve the job killing TPP after the election, despite her statements to the contrary: top adv.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
The invention of email has proven to be a very bad thing for Crooked Hillary in that it has proven her to be both incompetent and a liar!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
The DNC as a whole:
I hate to say it, but the Republican Convention was far more interesting (with a much more beautiful set) than the Democratic Convention!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
The Democratic Convention has paid ZERO respect to the great police and law enforcement professionals of our country. No recognition - SAD!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Not one American flag on the massive stage at the Democratic National Convention until people started complaining-then a small one. Pathetic— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Why aren't the Democrats speaking about ISIS, bad trade deals, broken borders, police and law and order. The Republican Convention was great— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker:
If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more about Cory than he knows about himself.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
Even Vice President Joe Biden was added into the mix Wednesday morning:
Our not very bright Vice President, Joe Biden, just stated that I wanted to "carpet bomb" the enemy. Sorry Joe, that was Ted Cruz!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
And, naturally, a handful of tweets about himself sprinkled in for good measure:
Wow, the Republican Convention went so smoothly compared to the Dems total mess. But fear not, the dishonest media will find a good spinnnn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
The ratings for the Republican National Convention were very good, but for the final night, my speech, great. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Of course, Trump has never shied away from attacking Democrats, or anyone he considers to be against him in any way. Twitter was an important tool for Trump during the primary season, when he regularly tweeted against competitors Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and pretty much anyone else who tried to fight him for the Republican nomination. And it certainly doesn't seem to be hurting: Trump, after all, won the GOP ticket by a wide margin, and has consistently been able to fire up his supporters to the point where they appear to not even be fazed by any of the controversy surrounding him. While the idea of Trump becoming president once seemed laughable, these days, it's clear he has a very good chance of actually making it happen.
Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine that his constant spew of hatred and judgment would end if he were sworn into the White House in 2017 — and in fact, bolstered by such a monumental win, it wouldn't be surprising if it only got stronger. After all, Trump has in many ways built his entire campaign around the power of social media, and technically there isn't anything wrong with that. It would be nice though, if instead of using Twitter for insults and attacks, he used it to actually let voters know what he actually plans to do to "make America great again." (AKA, the part that actually really matters.)