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Donald Trump, His Twitter Habit, and Lebron James

Updated on August 6, 2018

Why Twitter Works for the President

I had a typical reaction to the tweet that has triggered Donald Trump's latest twitter controversy: the tweet saying that Lebron James is not very intelligent. At first, I did some research to see if it was actually legitimate. With Donald Trump, after all, it can be very difficult to distinguish fact from fiction at first glance. While some of the stuff that I have seen online over the years turned out to be fake Trump tweets, I am continually amazed at how many have actually been the real thing. On average, the real ones are more outrageous than the fake ones. Whoever first said "you can't make this stuff up" was a genius.

But is Donald Trump some kind of a genius? The twitter barrage, after all, started long before he won the 2016 election. Clearly, this has been an effective communication method for him. Given how often he tweets, there is likely more truth to the belief that he won because of the tweets rather than coming out victorious in spite of them. There is also some debate about whether or not Trump is simply cranking these things out whenever the spirit leads or if he is carrying out some kind of a master strategy.

Whether calculated or spontaneous, it is not difficult to understand why the tweets are effective, although many people still seem to not quite get it. Today, many commentators are talking about the political backlash of this seemingly racist tweet, and they are speculating about the possible political damage to Trump and the GOP in general. While Trump may not always be the most thoughtful guy on the planet, he had to know that his tweet would piss off a lot of people - particularly NBA players - and would even be perceived by some people as racist. This whole scenario, after all, has been played out so many times before. The thing about these tweets, however, is that they are never overtly, definitively racist. He manages to write them in a way that leaves him and his supporters an opening to explain them away as something other than racist. He wasn't attacking black people in general. He was just calling two specific black men stupid, and he has called plenty of white people stupid in the past, right?

So why did Trump even chime in on this topic at all, a topic so likely to create a backlash? The only possible reason other than getting something off his chest was that Trump wanted to create a backlash. In Trump's mind, black people, liberals, and the media hate him anyway, so there is no point in worrying about pleasing them. The best way to strengthen himself politically is to excite his base, and few things excite his base as much as angry black people, liberals, and media personalities. He is looking for the backlash to the backlash, which feeds the climate of anger and fear on which he thrives and strengthens his narrative that certain people are always out to get him. There have been few things throughout American history, after all, that have instigated anger and fear into the hearts of "mainstream America" like angry black men. This may be one of the few historical facts that Trump knows, and it is why he cannot resist from commenting on black athletes who have the audacity to complain about him, police shootings, or anything else about American society.

The only question is who will win the battle of outrage. Will there be more people angry about the tweets or angry about the angry reactions to the tweets? Will people continue to be manipulated by fears that have been there since we were a bunch of British colonies? Or will we start to focus more on presidential actions and policies than on the outrages of the moment, and will we stop electing people to office who strive to bring out the worst in us?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      "So why did Trump even chime in on this topic at all, a topic so likely to create a backlash? The only possible reason other than getting something off his chest was that Trump wanted to create a backlash. In Trump's mind, black people, liberals, and the media hate him anyway, so there is no point in worrying about pleasing them.

      B:

      Why is this hub necessary?

      What is the point of this hub?

      There is a problem with the left anytime any one has criticism of the black person. No one could criticize president Obama because that person would be called racist. When in fact the cry of racist is itself racist.

      Your inference is your opinion, and it doesn't speak for president Trump. His words are in his Tweet, deal with it.

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      The best way to strengthen himself politically is to excite his base, and few things excite his base as much as angry black people, liberals, and media personalities. He is looking for the backlash to the backlash, which feeds the climate of anger and fear on which he thrives and strengthens his narrative that certain people are always out to get him.

      B:

      President Trump excites his base by accomplishing what he campaigned on.

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      There have been few things throughout American history, after all, that have instigated anger and fear into the hearts of "mainstream America" like angry black men.

      B:

      Really!

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      This may be one of the few historical facts that Trump knows,

      B:

      He is the president

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      and it is why he cannot resist from commenting on black athletes who have the audacity to complain about him, police shootings, or anything else about American society.

      B:

      Who started this

      "In the interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together. He said he felt Trump was "using sports to kinda divide us."

      "Sports has never been something that divides people," James told Lemon. "It's always been something that brings someone together."

      Trump's tweet came four days after the CNN interview originally aired. In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, saying, "I like Mike!"

      James has publicly criticized Trump before. In September 2017, he called Trump a "bum" for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.

      "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James tweeted then.

      Also that month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be "fired" for "disrespecting the flag" when they take a knee or otherwise choose not to participate in the national anthem, James said Trump's conduct was unbecoming of someone in his position.

      "He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country," James said then. "He doesn't understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn't understand that, and that's what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that's ... this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world."

      James has continued to be critical of the president and his policies, and in June, while still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James said neither his team nor the rival Warriors would accept an invitation to the White House after winning the NBA championship. Trump subsequently said neither team would be invited."

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      B: James was the one that used sports to divide the country, while blaming president Trump. The radical left with their resistance divided the country. James is getting a ton of money to play basketball and that is what he should do. If he has a problem outside of sports then he should run for office.

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      The only question is who will win the battle of outrage. Will there be more people angry about the tweets or angry about the angry reactions to the tweets? Will people continue to be manipulated by fears that have been there since we were a bunch of British colonies? Or will we start to focus more on presidential actions and policies than on the outrages of the moment, and will we stop electing people to office who strive to bring out the worst in us? "

      B:

      Is this a tirade on your part or a TDS moment. There are no facts here, are there?

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      Another hubber has a hub on American Values and how president Trump didn't understand them.

      Is it an American Value to disrespect the president of the US, and to use the National Anthem as a bargaining chip to make a statement? We were pledging to the flag from childhood, now we disrespect it to divide the country??

    • hard sun profile image

      Don Shepard 

      2 years ago

      "The best way to strengthen himself politically is to excite his base, and few things excite his base as much as angry black people, liberals, and media personalities."

      So true and so sad as to just how low Trump goes to get the votes.

      "‘Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous’" ~Mike Pence

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