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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Are Trump’s tweets truly starting to wear thin with the American public?

To tweet or not to tweet; that is the question.

Or at least it’s a query on the minds of many observers where President Donald Trump is concerned. As of yesterday Trump boasted over 43 million followers on Twitter, an impressive number of people the commander Trump tweetin chief can reach just by picking up his smartphone.

Needless to say Trump has taken a considerable amount of flak from just about everyone (myself included) due to his fondness for allowing his fingers to produce the soundbites with the nearly unanimous consensus among his faultfinders being he shouldn’t tweet as often as he does – or at least suggesting Trump should improve the tone of what he types once he does partake.

Either way there’s no doubt Trump’s tweets have folks talking. Even 2016 loser Crooked Hillary Clinton poked at the president’s social media use a few days ago.

Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller reported, “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Donald Trump while speaking at a Clinton Foundation event on Saturday.

“While speaking about the peace process in Northern Ireland during her husband’s first term, Hillary bragged that Bill Clinton didn’t tweet about challenges facing his presidency.

“’He didn’t tweet about it, he got to work about it and he actually got it done,’ she said to applause from the audience. Twitter was founded in 2006.”

Not the least bit bitter sounding, is she? Judging by the number and harshness of Crooked Hillary’s comments about the man who vanquished her it appears she has a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Clinton was speaking at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bubba Bill’s election in 1992. This means America has now endured well over a quarter century of sex scandals, lies, character assassinations and dirty politics at the hands and mouths of the former first couple. With their inauguration the Clintons ushered in an age of sleaze in politics that has only intensified in recent times.

As far as Trump and Twitter goes, for all those faulting the man for his tweets it should be acknowledged public figures have been getting in trouble a lot lately for “secrets” that are bursting out of closets like skeletons on steroids. Clinton maintains her presence in the news not only for the stupid and inane things she continually utters (like the quote above) but also because the scandal over her infamous private email server just won’t go away (nor should it).

It’s obvious by now Crooked Hillary has a lot to conceal regarding the shady and corrupt Uranium One deal while she was Obama’s secretary of state, and as recently exposed, her campaign’s role in fostering and paying for the Trump dossier. It’s all generated a national investigation (a.k.a. witch hunt) and indictments of a few former Trump campaign officials on non-Russia collusion related charges.

Contrast Hillary’s clandestineness with Trump, who apparently sees no need to keep his feelings contained – or even hidden; his tweeting marches on unabated to this hour. Whether it’s wise or not is another question.

Trump even hit Hillary (again) over the weekend, tweeting, “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

From Trump’s perspective the whole Twitter “controversy” probably boils down to a basic math equation. Whenever Hillary speaks to an audience she might reach what, maybe a few hundred or even a thousand people? Add in flattering news media reports about her activities and blabberings and it’s conceivable Clinton could be connecting with at best a couple million folks at a time.

(Note: Clinton has 20 million Twitter followers herself but doesn’t appear to use it very much.)

On the other hand, if Trump tweets out something he’s instantly communicating with over 40 million people, many of whom hang on his every word. Not all of them are in Trump’s corner but the entertainer-turned-politician-turned-president knows how to put on a good show and often features topics that will draw even more commentary (and henceforth, more “viewership”).

Take these two tweets, again from yesterday or last weekend: First, “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

And, “Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”

Both of these tweets drew almost simultaneous comment from a news media that’s clearly getting bored with reporting on ever-present sexual harassment allegations. After hammering on Judge Roy Moore for the past two weeks the story is losing steam. Moore isn’t going anywhere, refusing to run from unsubstantiated “he said/she said” claims about his dating habits from four decades ago and even proven (by photographic evidence) liberal pervert Al Franken announced he’s staying in the Senate regardless of the din of outrage.

There just isn’t a whole lot more to say about these subjects that hasn’t already been “litigated” in the court of public opinion. So in essence, by continuously tweeting, Trump is effectively providing journalists and pundits with something new to talk about. Instead of being angry shouldn’t they be grateful?

In Marshawn Lynch’s case it could almost be argued his “protests” are intended to draw the same kind of attention Trump seeks with his tweets. By standing for the Mexican national song and sitting for the American anthem the media-hating Lynch understood he would stir up a hornet’s nest.

Lynch has spent his career making headlines for saying next to nothing (to the media). While with the Seattle Seahawks Lynch garnered more attention for speculation on what he would not do during the annual Super Bowl’s circus-like media day than for any profound statements he could’ve made about carrying a football and participating in the sport’s ultimate athletic sideshow.

Lynch’s hard-to-get media strategy engenders a ton of adoration from news personnel; he hates them and they love it. So much for the sick American culture’s obsession with weirdos; Lynch is one of the most bizarre characters of all.

But despite the media’s fascination with President Trump’s tweeting observations, he’s also drawn criticism for what he doesn’t say on Twitter.

Salena Zito wrote in the New York Post, “Once again, the media is missing a story that matters to the American people outside the liberal echo chamber. But it would have helped if Trump had shouted about his own success.

“He did it last year when he brought jobs back to the Carrier plant in Indianapolis even before he was president and tweeted out his victory, leading to blanket media coverage. This time, he failed to celebrate a win and the news was happily ignored. Trump needs to remember that his megaphone isn’t just for the haters, but for the voters who are desperate to finally see real change.”

In her article Zito refers to a deal President Trump struck with the Chinese (on his recent visit to Asia) to build $80 billion-plus worth of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years. To the surprise of local residents Trump hasn’t touted the deal via his usual outlet – Twitter – and Zito wonders why the ultimate deal-maker isn’t doing more to hype his own administration’s tangible accomplishments instead of using tweets solely to bash his enemies and settle personal scores.

It’s a good question. Many of Trump’s critics acknowledge Twitter could be an extremely powerful public relations weapon for the president if he’d only take advantage of it rather than waging an ongoing semi-childish fight against people who whine about everything and hate him no matter what he does.

I join the vast majority of Trump’s critics in believing it’s unwise to comment on any legal proceedings currently before the courts or about matters un-becoming of “presidential” comment. I personally don’t care if Trump pecks at Kim Jung-un, LaVar Ball or Marshawn Lynch, but he shouldn’t have said anything potentially prejudicial about deserter Bowe Bergdahl or the recent New York City terrorist incident…or about the ongoing Russian “collusion” fiasco.

That’s just common sense. Apparently I’m not alone, either, as polls show Trump’s public image suffers because of his tweets.

Former Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in Politico Magazine, “The Messina Group recently completed a long-term research project looking at a specific group who helped decide the 2016 election: white voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who supported Barack Obama in 2012 but in 2016, did not vote for Hillary Clinton, instead choosing to either stay home or vote for Trump or a third-party candidate. What we found—combined with this month’s election results—should worry Trump and every ally who has hitched their wagon to his fast-burning star.

“Among the swing voters most critical to his viability, Donald Trump isn’t just vulnerable, he’s harming himself. Even as Wall Street reaches new highs in profitability and Trump endlessly brags about his stock-market numbers, these voters aren’t seeing the improvement in their own lives. And, most worryingly for Trump and Republicans, the president’s outlandish statements cause the voters we spoke with to believe that he’s focused more on his own petty dramas than on improving their families’ lives.”

Granted Messina’s recommendations should be taken with a grain of salt – because he wants to elect Democrats – but his group’s findings aren’t markedly different than those of other less ideologically driven polling organizations.

Messina’s right -- this month’s elections should serve as a wakeup call for Trump and the GOP -- but the Twitter “wars” will only matter so much once it becomes evident the party’s policies are benefitting the economy. Trump may not make America Great Again via Twitter, but people may sense it’s happening in spite of it.

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