In an interview with The New York Times, Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, apologized for any role that Twitter might have played in electing the President.
In a March interview with FOX News, Trump claimed, “I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter.”
“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” Williams explained. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be President if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
In the same interview with FOX, Trump also bragged of having his “own form of media” with as many as “100 million” followers. Trump has a combined 47 million followers on his personal and POTUS Twitter accounts, 22 million on Facebook, and 6 million on Instagram. This would not be the first time, though, that Trump has underestimated his number of fans by a margin in the millions.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Trump’s staff had to hold an “intervention” to stop the 70-year-old man from his preferred pastime of haphazardly tweeting. His tweets, they warned, could “paint him into a corner” legally and politically. In his short time in office, Trump has used the popular social media platform to disseminate disruptive and unfounded falsehoods, such as the Obama “birther” and wiretap conspiracies.
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
After being subjected to a barrage of Trump’s baseless, misspelled, and hack joke-riddled fleeting thoughts, America joins in Williams’ dismay for sullying an otherwise entertaining and effective social media platform. This, truly, is why we can’t have nice things.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.