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Trump: Social Media the Only Way for Me to Get the Truth Out

President Trump today indicated that the “military discipline” his new chief of staff, Retired Gen. John F. Kelly, intends to bring to the West Wing does not apply to Trump’s use of social media.

“Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!” Trump tweeted.

The president has caused trouble for himself on Twitter, but he’s right that it allows him to connect directly with Americans, given that a third of them follow him. It’s quite possible the benefit to him of Twitter has far outweighed any damage he’s caused himself. What’s more, a lot of what the press considers “damage,” many American think is great. Trump is a real person, and Americans see that every time he tweets.

As if to make the point, Trump tweeted out the news of the stock market hitting 22,000 today.

Now, I read the newspapers. I wasn’t aware the Dow had gone up 4,000 points since Election Day. Were you? Don’t you think the media would have been all over that one if the Hope and Change president, Barack Obama, had been associated with such a momentous bull market?

15 thoughts on “Trump: Social Media the Only Way for Me to Get the Truth Out”

  1. Re the stock market – I was aware but only since I primarily watch Fox Business. I don’t recall hearing about it whenever I watch other channels.

    While I prefer that Trump stop with the name-calling aspect of the tweets, I have to agree that his use of Twitter to point out the positive aspects of his administration as well as the negative/false aspect of the MSM news works.

    By going directly to the people, he is forcing MSM to report on what he says. However, many reports still try to spin it in the most negative manner possible.

    1. That’s right Liz….we all cringe at some of his ill conceived remarks, but on the flip side, he is communicating direct with the people because the vast majority of the media will not report the real news of the day.

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    2. Agree on the Twitter use. Pick the targets (the issues) much more effectively. Forget taking pot shots at personalities. That just backfires and gives the media ammunition and here we go again with yet another stupid news cycle with “Did you read what Trump Tweeted about XYZ today?” Waste of time and counterproductive. Stick to the issues. Hammer the positive developments 24/7. Hammer the media for their lies and misrepresentations. Set the record straight. No one likes or believes the corporate media, so reveal their corruption every day.

        1. The pre-existing conditions and the buying health insurance across State lines issues could have/should have been corrected pre-ObamaCare, for sure. It was certainly doable and a relatively simple fix (compared to the ObamaCare mess). It wasn’t fixed and now here we are in this gigantic catastrophe which no one seems to be able to repair. The issue wasn’t “health insurance”, it was the actual healthcare delivery and what was covered under the previous insurance “system”.

    1. It is true that the stock market improved under Obama, in large part because the market tanked under George Bush, so there was lots of room for improvement. But the story of the improvement is much, much larger than just the “Obama” effect.

      “Inside The Obama Stock Market’s 235% Return”
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2017/01/17/inside-the-obama-stock-markets-235-rise/#4d4dfb8216d1

      On the other hand, ObamaCare health premiums and administrative nightmares have created a national health crisis for Americans, who now rate their satisfaction with ObamaCare at about 40 percent, compared to about 85 percent who were very satisfied or satisfied pre-ObamaCare, so there’s that.

      And of course, we have this, a ticking time bomb:

      “Obama Has Now Increased Debt More than All Presidents from George Washington Through George H.W. Bush Combined”
      http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-has-now-increased-debt-more-all-presidents-george-washington-through-george-hw

  2. My neighbor is a life long Democrat. He did not vote for Trump or Hillary. He was surprised Trump won. His position at the time was give Trump a chance. He was not in the get rid of Trump camp. Recently my neighbor has changed and has doubts about Trump lasting out his term. He pointed out how Trump makes negative. insulting comments on Twitter. He has a point. Why Trump insulted McCain during the campaign knowing he might need McCain’s vote in the future is a mystery to me. What does he have to gain going after Sessions? Besides his loose cannon approach in using Twitter Trump’s big problem is he is trying to rule without a party.

      1. Yes, that is true. So far he has not been able to get Congress to work with him. The politicians are out of step with the people plus Trump does not have enough allies in Congress. I do not consider Trump a Republican or a Democrat. I am thankful we don’t have Hillary.

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