18 Rounds of Retweets
September 18th, 2017 – Donald Trump once again took to social media to hit an opponent long after they’re down. The Tweeter-in-Chief’s latest salvo targeted his political opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton. Retweeting a doctored gif of Clinton tripping and falling while boarding a government plane, the footage was edited to make it appear as though a golf ball struck by Trump hit Clinton in the back causing her to fall. The tweet was received with the usual round of outrage from critics, commentators and, in particular, domestic violence advocacy groups who felt the tweet crossed the line into trivializing violence against women.
— NY TIMES SUCKS (@Fuctupmind) September 14, 2017
The golf tweet, one of the fusillade of complaints, name-calling and hyperbole that characterize Trump’s weekend Twitter activity, came on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s high profile memoir chronicling her run for the White House. The book was released amid an all out media blitz including a promotional tour that saw the former Democratic nominee interviewed on morning and late night shows on the major networks. Trump has been routinely accused of narcissism and some speculate that his pattern of lashing out on social media is in keeping with his desire to personally dominate any given news cycle.
The tweet originated from a well-known pro-Trump account and is the most recent executive retweet to prompt ire from both sides of the political spectrum. Another doctored gif showed Trump body-slamming an image representing CNN, which Trump has infamously dubbed “fake news.” While the White House response to all of Trump’s twitter feed has been largely a shrug emojii, Twitter has very clear policies about its standards of online conduct:
“We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.”
As the constant stream of insults spew from Donald Trump’s social media and the drama of pro vs. anti-Trump factions plays itself out on cable news, the world has a new round of Trump tweets to look forward to after Monday’s scheduled address before the United Nations Assembly.
So does this latest tweet constitute a threat of violence, however slight, or is just Trump being Trump? Do you think its Funny or Offensive? Vote and comment now…