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7 Times Trump Used Twitter to Wage an Attack

by Zia A., posted 3 months ago
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Donald Trump’s love for Twitter is evident. The 45th President of the United States certainly uses the platform to broadcast. But, according to one group of anonymous activists, he also uses it to bully rivals and naysayers into digital submission. (Earlier this year, Block the Bully was born, an app that automatically un-follows and blocks Trump on Twitter. “He feeds off the attention,” say the creators, “we need to change our own habits in order to defang him.”)

Last year, The New York Times compiled “the 319 people, places, and things Trump has insulted on Twitter.” (That number has since grown to 472.) Here we take a look at seven of Trump’s attacks in the Twittersphere. From rap legends and songstresses, to international politicians near and far, the President has declared war.

 

Jimmy Fallon, June 25, 2018

Late last month POTUS threw shade at late night host, Jimmy Fallon, telling him to “be a man.” (Vox was quick to point out that the tweet demonstrates Trump’s views on masculinity, namely that “being a man appears to mean never apologizing or reconsidering your actions.”) The tweet followed a statement by Fallon where he expressed remorse over soft-balling an interview with the president back in 2016.

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Fallon met Trump’s challenge by tweeting out a charitable donation in his name.

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Justin Trudeau, June 9, 2018

Meek. Mild. Dishonest. Weak. Those were the words Trump had for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G7 summit. The President went on the attack following Canada’s efforts to lobby U.S. lawmakers in response to tariffs placed on Canadian aluminum and steel.

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Trump’s Trade Advisor Peter Navarro continued the attack during an appearance on Fox News.

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The Washington Post, April 8, 2018

It’s not breaking news that Trump isn’t a fan of the media – he’s tweeted about “fake news” more than 200 times since declaring his candidacy. The Washington Post takes a lion’s share of the animosity (along with The New York Times). This tweet popped up after the paper ran a story describing chief of staff John Kelly’s decreasing influence within the White House.

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Jay-Z, January 28, 2018

In January Trump eloquently referred to several parts of the world as a “shithole.” Later that month, Jay-Z commented that Trump’s lack of respect for African countries (the description had been lobbed at Haiti, El Salvador, and “the sum total of Africa”) was hateful. Instead of apologizing, Trump steered off course and responded with this non sequitur.

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Kim Jong Un, November 12, 2017

In a consummate display of Trump’s style of diplomacy he tweeted that North Korea’s leader was “short and fat.” On the other hand, the Korean Central News Agency (North Korea’s state-run media organization) frequently refers to Trump as a “dotard,” which translates to “old lunatic.” Guess these guys have never heard the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Bette Midler, October 28, 2012

In 2012 Trump spewed venom at the Oscar-nominated actress and Grammy-winning singer, offering some passive aggressive (emphasis on “aggressive”) commentary on her looks. While he wasn’t yet in the White House, Trump and Midler were already on the warpath. Midler accused Trump of “ruining New York.” He fired back calling her ugly, disgusting, and grotesque, demonstrating his aptitude with a thesaurus.

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Arianna Huffington, August 28, 2012

In 2012 Trump was clearly dealing with some personal rage. Just a few months before his attack on Bette Midler he lashed out at media entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, calling her unattractive and making a ludicrous statement about her divorce.

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