Donald Trump is a true social media expert, who has been described by many as the “twitter president”. One of his tweets can send the news agencies of the country analyzing for days and has social effects that no president had before him.
Heavily criticized by liberals, such as Trevor Noah and John Oliver, for his “untamed” tweets, President Trump seems to have harnessed the power of social media and is using it to apply pressure on Congressional and House Republicans.
Setting out to remove the ethics offices was the first order of the new year and the Congressional Republicans moved to act. However, their monument was quickly blunted by tweets from the President-elect.
“With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance! #DTS” tweeted President-elect Trump as he re-emphasized the need to “DTS”, Drain the Swamp.
Trump’s tweet incited angry phone calls and a series of negative headlines. He has sent many Republicans, who had widely supported changes to the ethics office, to abandon what plans they had made. Only until then had they really understood the power Trump was able to harness through social media.
House Republicans might have enthusiastically applauded Mr. Trump’s cutting tweets when they were aimed at other common foes, like the liberal news media, but they found them relatively less funny when the criticisms were directed their way. This caused distress among Republicans about his power and kept them in-line via social media.
On a sub-headline of the story in BuzzFeed: “Amid criticism from Donald Trump, Democrats and ethics experts over their move to severely limit the Office of Congressional Ethics’ powers on day one, House Republicans unanimously voted to kill the amendment Tuesday.”
Trump’s tweets may not be the only factor that saved the Ethics office, but it definitely helped them. His tweets has also reinforced his intentions of draining the swamp, which is what we all want to see. If social media can be used as a tool to unite the government, then why not? Criticism over tweets from the left, at times seems more an ideological one than a pragmatic one.
At the end of this article, let us be reminded once again about the impact of Trump’s tweet with words from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) who opposed the rules change.
“Never underestimate the power of a Donald Trump tweet.”