Twitter has been a central platform for President Donald Trump’s communication strategy, serving as a direct line to the public and a source of controversy throughout his presidency. Over the past decade, Trump’s relationship with Twitter has been a rollercoaster of love and hate, with the platform playing a significant role in shaping his political persona. In this article, we will explore the evolution of Trump’s relationship with Twitter, from his early days on the platform to his controversial tweets as president.

The Early Days: Trump’s Twitter Beginnings

Donald Trump joined Twitter in March 2009, and in the years leading up to his presidency, he used the platform primarily to promote his businesses and share his thoughts on various topics. Trump’s early tweets were often lighthearted and focused on his interests outside of politics, such as golf and television.

One of Trump’s earliest tweets, from May 2009, read: “Be sure to tune in and watch Donald Trump on Late Night with David Letterman as he presents the Top Ten List tonight!”

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The Rise of Trump’s Political Persona

As Trump began to consider a run for president, his use of Twitter evolved to include more political commentary and attacks on his opponents. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump used Twitter as a powerful tool to bypass traditional media and speak directly to his supporters.

Trump’s most retweeted tweet of 2016 was his post-election victory tweet, which read: “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.”

Love: Trump’s Twitter Triumphs

Throughout his presidency, Trump’s use of Twitter continued to be a defining characteristic of his communication style. He used the platform to announce policy decisions, share his opinions on current events, and engage with his supporters.

Trump’s most liked tweet of his presidency was his announcement of testing positive for COVID-19, which received over 1.8 million likes.

Hate: Twitter’s Response to Trump’s Tweets

Despite his success on the platform, Trump’s tweets often sparked controversy and backlash. Twitter has frequently labeled or restricted his tweets for violating its policies on misinformation or glorification of violence. In some cases, Twitter has even temporarily suspended or permanently banned Trump’s account.

Trump’s account was permanently suspended on January 8, 2021, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

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