From Kim to Hillary, Trump Unleashes Twitter Hits
Trump unleashed another Twitter spree on Sunday morning from 7:40 am to 9:05 am while at his private club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Among the 15 or so tweets, one was suspected to be about North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un, with Trump tweeting, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”
Meanwhile, White House advisers said that the hermit nation will inevitably be “destroyed” if it refuses to quit its weapon programs and war threats. A day earlier, Kim pledged to continue his country’s programs, asserting that they are nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US.
“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed,” Ambassador Nikki Haley said.
National Security Adviser HR McMaster said that Trump’s choice of words (Rocket Man) was “a new one,” adding that he thinks that it was really intended for Kim. “That’s where the rockets are coming from. Rocket, though, we ought to probably not laugh too much about because they do represent a great threat to all,” he said.
When asked about Kim, he said, “The president has said he’s not going to tolerate this regime threatening the United States and our citizen with a nuclear weapon.” He also said that the possibility of launching a military strike is included among the options on the table.
The North Korean dictator has previously threatened Guam, which is a US territory in the Pacific. NoKor has also recently fired missiles over Japan, a US ally.
Another “big tweet” was about a visually manipulated (in other words, fake) GIF showing Trump swinging a golf club that was followed by Hillary Clinton being hit in the back by the ball while boarding an airplane. Clinton then stumbled.
It was actually a retweeted post from a twitter user who has previously posted impolite messages. A news site has screen grabbed one of his posts saying, “Please get rid of the Hasidic Jews. They are the worst people in the planet.” The post also included the hashtag #CrookedHillary.
Hillary Clinton has been busy promoting her book entitled “What Happened” during the past few days. In the book, Clinton recounts events during the 2016 Elections, in which Trump has beaten her in the debates and in the election itself.
On Wednesday, Trump attacked her directly, using Twitter again as his medium.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and everything) but herself for her election loss,” he said. “She lost the debates and lost her direction! The ‘deplorables’ came back to haunt Hillary. They expressed their feelings loud and clear. She spent big money but, in the end, had no game!”
Trump was supported by the White House’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who said that Clinton spreads “false narratives” in her book. Clinton admitted mistakes and faults during the campaign in the book, but insisted on giving harsh accounts regarding the factors that she thought led to Trump’s victory. She also included the alleged interference by Russia to benefit Trump.
As for Trump’s attack, Clinton merely suggested Trump to read her previous book, “It Takes a Village,” which is a picture book for children.
“It’s distressing, though, to have a president that frankly will tweet and retweet things as juvenile as that. It doesn’t help, I think in terms of his stature, it doesn’t help in terms of the stature of our whole country,” US Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat, said on a program.
Stephen King, an American author, commented on Trump’s retweeted post, and said, “Trump thinks hitting a woman with a golf ball and knocking her down is funny. Myself, I think it indicates a severely f*cked-up mind.”
Keith Olbermann, a sports and political commentator and writer, tweeted, “What’s your plan little boy? Hit Kim Jong-Un in the back of the head with a golf ball?”
“The president of the United States just retweeted a video vignette that imagines him assaulting his political rival. The man is unfit,” tweeted Walter Shaub, former director of the US Office of Government Ethics.
“When Kathy Griffin fantasized about doing violence to him, Trump demanded the whole nation share his outrage. Most did. And now…” noted Neo-con David Frum.
Mother Jones’ David Corn chose to be simple and tweeted, “You are what you retweet.”
Aside from the two aforementioned controversial tweets, Trump also posted and retweeted some of his supporters’ tweets.
One was a red electoral map with a caption saying, “Keep it up Libs. This will be 2020.” It was followed up by a train with a giant “Make America Great Again” hat mounted on top of it. He also retweeted a post showing him hauling goods like food, cars, and coal across a body of water, presumably taking them to America.
All these were posted even though Trump already announced that he had “important meetings and calls” scheduled for the day.
“Important meeting and calls scheduled for today. Military and economy are getting stronger by the day, and our enemies know it,” the president tweeted.
With over 38 million Twitter followers, Trump has often used the social media platform as a means to connect with his supporters, and as a means to respond to (and give his own) criticisms.
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