Donald Trump no longer has full control of his Twitter account. His aides are trying to keep him on message with just 24 hours to the elections. According to the NY Times, his aides now control his messages, drafting and approving them before they are sent out to his 13 million followers.
Sources have suggested that spokeswoman Hope Hicks is managing his account, which explains why tweets are coming from an iPhone and not Trump’s Samsung Galaxy Smartphone. The unconventional politician’s page now tweets pictures of rallies, articles and complimentary messages telling people to come out and vote.
Despite the shift in tone, Trump still wields some influence with regards to what he wants tweeted. On Thursday, as his plane arrived in Miami, the 70-year-politician spotted Air Force One, a reminder that President Obama was in the battleground state of Florida campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Trump had dictated a tweet to Hicks accusing Obama of misplaced priorities.
“Why is he campaigning instead of creating jobs and fixing Obama care? Get back to work.”
Hicks saddled with the task of drafting and approving the tweets her boss sends out, refined his initial thoughts by including “for the American people” at the end and tweeted it.
Over the course of his political career, the Manhattan billionaire has developed notoriety for his rants and controversial statements on Twitter, a move that has consistently publicized his self-sabotaging implosions. Many people now see Trump as a man who is thin-skinned, obsessed with being in control and who fails to heed the advice of those in his inner circle.
Donald Trump allowing his aides to take over his account has been described as remarkable, but seen as coming a little too late to repair the damage he has already caused.
"Melania Trump and Heidi Cruz are the latest victims in 2016 presidential campaign mudslinging."— M Larkento (@MLarkento) March 23, 2016
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During the GOP primaries, Donald Trump tweeted a rather uncomplimentary picture of Senator Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi next to a photo of his own wife Melania with a caption, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
The Republican Party nominee in a bid to connect with black voters tweeted about the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, initially misspelling the name of the basketball player in the process.
“Dwayne Wade’s cousin just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago…just what I have been saying. African Americans will VOTE Trump.”
He later corrected the error.
He was slammed for exploiting the tragedy for political gain.
During the Orlando nightclub shooting, Trump again got an avalanche of criticisms when he tweeted, “Appreciate the Congrats,” in response that he was right that Muslims were largely responsible for terrorism on American soil.
In September, the real estate mogul launched a tirade against former Miss Universe Alice Machado, who had spoken about how she was maltreated after winning the beauty competition in 1996.
The 70-year-old tweeting around 3 a.m. called the former Miss Universe “a pig” and his worst Miss Universe ever. Trump also called on his followers to go and look for her sex tape, and said without any shred of evidence that Clinton had offered Machado U.S. citizenship in exchange for coming out and saying bad things about him.
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado: Donald Trump "does not respect women. He just judges us by our looks." https://t.co/NE2Wsp6yid— CNN (@CNN) November 1, 2016
On Sunday, President Obama mocked the GOP nominee while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Kissimmee, Florida, revealing that taking away Trump’s Twitter account spoke volumes about his temperament and grand delusions of having absolute self-control.
“In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self-control, they said ‘We’re just going to take away his Twitter,’ if somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle nuclear codes. If somebody starts tweeting at 3 in the morning because ‘SNL’ made fun of you then you can’t handle nuclear codes.”
Obama Mocks Trump For Getting His Twitter Confiscated https://t.co/n5MxcvFcwx— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 6, 2016
In October, Donald Trump attacked actor Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live for mocking his debate performance, calling for the show to be scrapped because it was not funny anymore.
“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me…time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election.”
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