“President Trump has consistently defended his use of Twitter with a simple explanation: It’s his way of speaking directly to the American people, without the filter of the news media,” as the Washington Post is reporting.
“It’s the real Trump, in other words, sharing the news and information that he thinks is important. Granted, most Americans would rather he use the social media tool differently, but Trump is adamant. It’s his voice, untouchable by any handlers who seek to constrain him — and he will keep using it.
“Over the past week, his use of Twitter has been remarkable.
“Since last Friday, he’s tweeted about anti-police violence protests at NFL games some two dozen times — far more than he’s tweeted about North Korea or about health-care revision or about the special election in Alabama. It has consumed him. Four tweets on Saturday. Seven on Sunday. Eight on Monday. Four before 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The pattern of Trump’s tweeting is clear: He latches on to a subject and then floods the zone (to use an apt analogy) for a few days. Now it’s the NFL protests. Before that, international relations (through the lens of the U.N. General Assembly’s week of meetings). Before that, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida.”
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