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Twitter needs Trump more than Trump needs Twitter: Why @realDonaldTrump should do a Joe Rogan to punish the social media giant

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28.05.2020

Joe Biden was bang on the money when he recently christened Donald Trump with the nickname “President Tweety.” The president’s social media outpourings might be Looney Tunes stuff on many an occasion, but – even though the far duller Barack Obama might have more followers – the current US commander-in-chief is the biggest box office draw for Twitter.

After less than four years in the Oval Office, ‘the Donald’ – who even has a Wikipedia page dedicated to his Twitter obsession – has been the cause of more social media firestorms than most normal folk have had hot dinners.

Every time he tweets something completely outrageous, while munching on a McDonald’s McMuffin in the morning, or a Big Mac or Fillet-o-Fish at night, it’s easy to imagine the top Twitter shareholders rubbing their hands in glee as they watch their stock skyrocket on the CNBC ticker.

As former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer once agreed during an hour-long conversation I had with him in 2018, “A tweet from Donald Trump is worth a lot.”

It’s a no-brainer, too. We’re talking here about a US president whose social media interaction is unscripted, which makes it ‘unpredictable’ and exciting stuff just like reality TV – but with more bang for your buck, because it’s the actual so-called leader of the free world without a friggin’ self-censor switch.

“Most politicians would ask you to draft a tweet, or to draft a statement, or a message. And then say, ‘What do you think of this? Let’s talk about it.’ He just did it. And it was a different dynamic than I was ever used to,” Spicer told me, adding: “He gets up, he tweets – and people are used to that becoming part of the........

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