There are easier ways to gain Twitter followers than becoming president.
Yet the role certainly helps. You can sneeze and gain a million followers.
Trump launched 10,000 tweets prior to inauguration day. We knew his Twitter would be a wild ride if he won, and he didn’t underdeliver:
He has the most viral Twitter account in history, his tweets garnering north of a billion views a month.
He rode a wave of unparalleled growth, despite his continuing claims that Twitter was silencing conservatives.
Change was on the horizon.
His current behavior is a story of two elections, not one
Many don’t remember that in October of 2016, when Trump thought he’d lose the election, he was ranting about his certainty of voter fraud. In all of his rallies up until election day, he claimed, “The election is rigged.”
Fact-checking sites scrambled to discredit his radical list of claims, including that “People who were dead for 10 years are still voting.”
Then, when Trump won the 2016 election, his complaints went deathly silent.
And here we are, four years later, with history repeating itself. Trump pushes false claims many times a day, for a global audience.
Trump’s post-election thunderbolt has been his war with Fox News, who had the audacity to report the actual news and move forward with this election.
If all the polls predicted Trump would win, and Biden suddenly won by millions of votes, it would be a different situation. This couldn’t be a more obvious election victory.
Fox, to their credit, stopped putting Trump on the front page, and incurred his wrath:
Then, Fox panicked as Trump pointed his followers to One America News instead, tweeting their articles and saying they were a better news network.
OAN, which is like a combination of North Korean News and The 700 Club, wasted no time seizing that moment and have enjoyed a surge of popularity. This is pinned to their profile page:
Quite unfortunately, Fox returned to covering fantastical stories of voter fraud despite the vacuum of substantive evidence.
Candidly, it’s shocking that Trump still has an account on Twitter. There is speculation that he will be banned from the platform after he leaves office.
He’s already gotten away with far more egregious violations than others have been banned for.
How has Trump’s right turn affected his Twitter account?
Trump has added a million Twitter followers per month since becoming president.
His account had a rapid surge as we approached election day, and as soon as he lost, the account peaked and teetered downwards.
Yet if you zoom in on the data, you can see a more precipitous fall, losing tens of thousands of followers each week.
He’s now lost 326,406 followers since his peak on November 10th.
Much of this is tied to his election loss and accounts not wanting to see his tweets, which have become more temperamental and bizarre in the time since.
Other factors are likely at work. Some speculate that bot accounts are being deleted as part of a cleanup process.
Additionally, Andrew Lazar has initiated a UnfollowThePres project, encouraging users to unfollow him and tracking his follower decreases.
It’s their goal to take away Trump’s favorite toy, which he’s used to relentlessly abuse other users.
It isn’t news that Trump lies and tantrums. It’s the first thing we learned about him as president. The spiraling out and decline of his Twitter account is just the death rattle of his tenure.
I’ll admit I’m still a glutton for punishment. I swing by to see his latest tweets every other day, just to see how crazy it gets. It’s hard to look away. It won’t matter soon. The majority is ready to move on.
As partisan as I might sound, there are a number of republicans I respect. Most of my family is conservative and I still love them dearly.
I actually prefer a political system where there’s tension between parties. Things tend to get ugly in countries where every politician agrees.
Invariably, there will eventually be another Republican president. After all, history is a roadmap for the future. My hope is that we return to a classier style of leadership, where people are dignified, in victory and defeat, regardless of their political party.
I’ll leave you with this letter that George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton in the oval office, after losing a bitter election.
Jan 20, 1993
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Good luck — George