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Trump tweet implies Paris is in Germany

This is a bit of a weird one.  I say weird because I find myself in the unlikely position of interpreting a tweet sent by Donald Trump in a more positive light than others.  Yep.  That’s weird.

Anyways: Last week, in light of a series of crimes occurring in Paris, Donald Trump tweeted out the following:

 

As you can see, the tweet mentions Paris, then Germany.  A possible interpretation of this tweet is that Mr. Trump thinks that Paris IS IN Germany…which, of course, it isn’t.  And that is exactly how Trump’s opponents took the tweet:

 

The tweet also inspired a variety of news stories and briefly made #ParisIsInGermany a trending topic on Twitter.

My opinion?  This was a poorly worded tweet.  Donald Trump is many things, but I don’t think he – or anyone on his campaign – really thinks Paris is in Germany.  Germany has had a spike in violence, including as many as 80 sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, and that is likely what Mr. Trump was referring to.  However, the phrasing of the tweet – which is obviously condensed by the 140 character limitation – lent itself to the interpretation that Mr. Trump thinks Paris is in Germany.

The lesson here? Careful with how you tweet things.  Again, I don’t think the Trump campaign was saying that they think Paris is in Germany, but you always have to be careful with how you phrase your tweets.  As frequent readers of this blog know, you can do a lot of damage in 140 characters or less, and your political opponents certainly won’t give you the benefit of the doubt.  Don’t make anything easy for them.

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Donald Trump adviser shares hateful – and false – video

An adviser Donald Trump makes the blog today, as opposed to Trump himself.  The issue in question is this tweet, sent by Daniel Scavino, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump:

That’s a pretty damning video, which, if true, would seem to buttress the arguments made by Trump about rejecting Syrian refugees.  That being said, here’s the thing: It’s a complete and total lie.  As noted by Buzzfeed, the video “actually shows Salafist Muslims protesting an intentionally provocative rally held by an extreme right-wing group in Germany.”

So, in other words, Mr. Scavino took an out of context video and made it even more out of context.  Shocking that such a thing would happen for a campaign adviser for Trump, but oh well.

I’d say that sending out this tweet was clearly an error and an apology would surely be forthcoming, but this is the Trump campaign, so we know that isn’t going to happen.  Heck, perhaps Mr. Scavino knowingly sent out this tweet – very little about the Trump campaign would surprise me anymore.

Now, that being said, one point: Campaign advisers are generally best sticking to the script and not outshining their bosses – or taking away the media spotlight from them.  Again, perhaps this was the latest despicable tactic in Trump’s overall campaign strategy, but it must be remembered that anything posted by a campaign employee or adviser on social media will viewed as an extension of the candidate themselves.

 

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Donald Trump’s latest: Shootings are good for my campaign!

Politicians from all sides of the political spectrum have been accused of politicizing mass shootings before.  That being said, I can’t recall it ever being this blatant!

In the aftermath of the tragedy in San Bernadino, Donald Trump retweeted this:

So, apparently Mr. Trump believes that mass shootings are good for his poll numbers.  The fact that him/his campaign thinks that this is an appropriate thing to discuss speaks volumes about him, and his campaign. Do mass shootings/acts of terrorism effect Presidential campaigns?  Of course they do – these things obviously have an impact on our politics.  That being said, retweeting content like this is essentially bragging, and I’m not sure that bragging about a mass shooting is ever an appropriate message for any Presidential candidate.  Wonkette nails the analysis about why this is so tacky:

…if true, we’d modestly propose that’s not something to be proud of. We also doubt it would bring comfort to the friends and families of victims — of Wednesday’s shooting, or last Friday’s shooting, or the shooting before that, or the next shooting that is guaranteed to come.

That being said, Mr. Trump acts as if the rules of politics – and decency – don’t really apply to him, so I suppose this isn’t really any surprise.

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The latest racist filth spewed by Donald Trump

Well, it’s been at least a week – definitely time for Donald Trump to tweet something awful and racist.

The other day, Trump retweeted this graphic:

Donald Trump racist crime tweet

Here’s the thing: Pretty much none of this is true.  Looking at the fact-checking:

Trump’s graphic states that 81% of whites who are murdered are murdered by blacks. This is false. The actual data shows that 14% of white murder victims are murdered by a black person. (In 2013, it was 13.6%.)

The percentage of blacks murdered by other blacks (89.9%) is similar to the percentage of whites murdered by other whites (82.3%). Trump’s graphic falsely states that 97% of blacks are killed by other blacks but just 16% of whites are killed by other whites.

Oh, and the source?  The Crime Statistics Bureau of San Francisco?  Literally doesn’t exist.  Not an actual thing.

Combine this graphic with Trump’s recent comments that a Black Lives Matter protester who was beat up at one of his rallies (“Maybe he should have been roughed up!“), as well as Trump’s other horrendous comments about Latinos and Muslims, and it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that Trump is a pretty terrible racist.

Even Bill O’Reilly questioned Trump about the tweet, saying he was “bothered” by it (even if he didn’t think Trump was a racist) and that it gave others an opportunity to paint Trump as such.  Trump, defending himself, said that he, “retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert” and noted that he was tweeted at millions of times during the day – far too often to fact-check every tweet sent his way.

Of course, that concept is accurate – but no human being expects you to fact check the things that OTHERS tell you.  What is perfectly reasonable, of course, is that you fact check things that you say or retweet.  Trump, however, clearly has no cares about reality or facts.  He has previously said that others run his Twitter account, and I suspect that those others know exactly what they are doing.  Trump is blatantly race-baiting in an attempt to appeal to the worst of the Republican party.

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Donald Trump using Nazi imagery on Twitter…again!

Wow.  Just wow.  I…just wow.

Last week, Donald Trump sent out this astounding retweet:

Trump Retweet

The tweet was deleted, but wowzers.  Among the items it contains:

  • A swastika next to Jeb Bush.
  • Numerous stereotypes about Hispanics.

Trump’s team said, “This was retweeted by Mr. Trump like hundreds of others. He did not see the accompanying image and the retweet has since been deleted.”  That’s all well and good, but did he also miss the reference to Jeb Bush as “JOSE”?  Come on.  Is anyone minding the store over there?

At this point, I honestly cannot figure out if Trump’s social media team is incompetent, or if he does this intentionally as a way of getting attention.  To review, here’s a list of the stupid and offensive things that Donald Trump does on social media.  This includes:

I think we all know what Trump should say to his social media team: You’re fired!

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Donald Trump uses Twitter to call Iowa voters brain-dead

Donald Trump isn’t shy, and he’s had a grand old time insulting pretty much every minority group under the sun.  In a pathetic commentary about humanity, this tactic has only caused his poll numbers to rise.  However, he’s yet to insult an entire state whose votes he needs, and the other day on Twitter, that is exactly what happened, when Trump retweeted the following:

Trump Iowa Tweet

By way of explanation: The latest polls have Dr. Ben Carson leading in Iowa.  So, Donald Trump retweeted this tweet, which pretty much implies that Iowa voters have brain damage.

Regardless, that tweet was deleted and replaced with this:

Gotta love the old “young intern” excuse – after all, Trump’s campaign has used it before.  It’s also a load of crap – there is no way that the current Republican front-runner allows an intern to have control over the Twitter account.  And, if they do, everyone involved should be fired.  This isn’t some campaign for Borough Council. Mr. Trump is currently the front runner for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.  No one should have access to the Twitter account except professionals.

That being said, Trump’s campaign strategy is, of course, to be as controversial and provocative as possible.  Did his campaign actually decide that there is a limit to how insulting he can be, and that insulting voters directly is a bad call?

One additional note: This isn’t the first time a campaign has gotten into hot water for insulting Iowa or the Iowa caucuses.  A then-staffer for Wisconsin Governor Walker’s campaign, Liz Mair, took to Twitter to attack the status of the Iowa caucuses, and was promptly forced to resign.

At the rate we are going, I may have a new book out shortly, dedicated entirely to the stupid things that Donald Trump has said and done on Twitter.  Sigh.  Speaking of the book….

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Donald Trump holds #AskTrump. STOP. DOING. THAT.

Frequent readers of the blog know that the dumbest thing which a controversial elected official can do is hold a social media Q&A, using a hashtag.  Even if you are able to generate positive traction, the negative news stories will drown out the positive ones.  So, guess who decided to hold #AskTrump last week?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/645961611539296257?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

And, how did it go?  Here are some samples:

https://twitter.com/mckklin/status/646326197425561600

https://twitter.com/tribbianibarnes/status/645990061738172420

https://twitter.com/miamckenzie/status/646018540198338560

https://twitter.com/TCBrawler/status/646364610740813825

https://twitter.com/adept2u/status/645963244515930112

https://twitter.com/LiamPLEdwards/status/645976313954742272

https://twitter.com/zapslauren/status/645994861812969472

https://twitter.com/ceruleanized/status/646411193377259520

https://twitter.com/chasebrignac/status/645990189358284800

And how did the media cover it?  Not well.

So, let’s review the follow equation…call it Schlossberg’s Principle of Hashtags:

Controversial figure + Open request for input on social media = Media fail

STOP DOING THIS.

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