It’s no secret that both President Trump himself and many other major world politicians seem to have taken to social media like moths to flames over the last 12 months. From rapid-fire arguments over hot-button topics that could potentially spur on war to schoolyard insult fights, every tweet and post scandal grabs America’s attention. We sit, transfixed, wondering how social media became such a big part of politics in the first place.
The answer to that question is simple; anything that makes it into our culture usually makes it into politics, too. What makes social media different is the fact that it provides a sheer and transparent look at what may otherwise be limited to a newspaper or a conversation between politicians. The unfortunate truth is that these terrible tweets from 2017 caused significant strife, and with a little bit of common sense, they could have been avoided. It was hard to choose just a few of the worst, so feel free to share in the comments any that drew your attention this year.
- Early in this campaign, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that any negative news about him was “fake news.” “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.” This, of course, is overreaching – although fake news is an issue in today’s political environment, something simply being negative does not make it fake.
- In another early 2017 tweet, writer Andrew Klavan likened the Conservative party to a comedy troupe. “Why haven’t we made a conservative Comedy Central? Why haven’t we made a conservative entertainment channel?” Klavan was responding to the overarching change in tone across conservative politics over the year.
- American-Canadian conservative political commentator Steven Crowder used his social media platform to deride abortionists. “Genuine thought regarding abortion in cases of rape. We don’t even kill the convicted rapist, but kill the victim? No easy justification.”
- Governor Mike Huckabee posted about rapper Snoop Dogg in an epic rant. “Poop Dogg has a nephew named Bow Wow; both bad dogs who advocate murder and sex slavery for @POTUS and First Lady. Who let the dogs out?”
- “The USA has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to destroy #NoKo.” President Donald J. Trump posted this in response to increasing tensions overseas in late September.
- “Covfefe.” This one, simple word rocked America and confused just about everyone who read it. Around midnight EST early in the year, the POTUS posted, “”Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” It wasn’t clear what he meant – was it coffee? Conference? Convention? What unfolded was a multi-day attempt to crack the code that never really succeeded.
- Author and songwriter Caroll Bryant also posted her own rant, raging against democrats and inciting fury. “I’d rather have a pedophile in office rather than a democrat any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Pedophiles only screw kids while democrats screw everyone.”
- “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” This prolific post came from Trump, who was firing back at unsavory tweets about him from Mika Brzezinski.
- “@RealDonaldTrump, you are actually a disgusting excuse for a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands.” Think this came from a disgruntled and rude Democrat? Think again. This untimely since-deleted tweet was posted on the national Twitter feed for McDonald’s.
Do you think social media keeps you better informed, or is it a platform for emotional rants?