DML Op-Ed: Scorecard for Tracking Trump Tweets Since Jan. 20

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Donald J. Trump decided to keep his personal Twitter account active when taking over the world’s biggest job. He said his Twitter account is an important part of his presidency because it gives him the chance to deal directly with the American people. Awesome!

The president’s tweets have become the subject of daily debates. Judging from the emails I receive from my readers, some people praise his tweets; others criticize his use of Twitter, altogether; and many wish he would just stop tweeting about stuff that appears to be less than presidential.

Personally, I love the idea of the president using Twitter, if it is done in a way that can truly make America great again. Tweeting about positive actions taken towards securing the border, adding more jobs, destroying ISIS, and lowering taxes are all great things to tweet.

At the same time, I join the likes of many of his supporters — and his detractors — who believe some of the tweets are unnecessary and, potentially, do more harm than good in the long term.

As of the writing of this article, there are 25.6 million people following the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account.

A reader requested I create a scorecard of his tweets. I thought it would be an interesting thing to do, so I agreed.

Below, I provide insight into the sort of tweets President Trump has published between Jan. 20 and this Sunday morning, Feb. 26. I have categorized them by topic.

Keep in mind, some of his tweets are two-parters; meaning, he tweets twice in a row about the same issue. I counted them as one tweet. Also, there are some tweets that are general statements with a positive tone, such as a tweet he sent in January when he wrote: “Make America Great Again.” I categorized these tweets, and stuff like “Happy President’s Day,” under the header of ‘MAGA.’

There are some tweets where he blends the “fake news” media and a specific topic, for example, Russia. If the tweet included the term “fake news,” then I placed it under the ‘Fight With Media’ heading.

Finally, I grouped together all of the tweets about his executive orders, including those about the courts stopping his temporary immigration ban and how the order is designed to keep Americans safe. Collectively, they fall under, “Executive Orders.”

Topic listed, followed by the number of tweets:

His Inauguration: 6
Chelsea Manning: 1
Voter Fraud: 2
Mexico: 1
March For Life Event: 2
Holocaust: 1
Remembering Space Shuttle Explosion: 1
Failures of Congress: 1
Slamming Democrats: 1
Death of Navy Seal: 1
Ripping into Arnold Schwarzenegger: 1
Iran: 4
Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister: 1
Venezuela Holding Political Prisoner: 1
Executive Orders: 25
MAGA: 13
Immigration: 13
Education: 1
Anti-Trump Protests: 5
Super Bowl: 2
Black History Month: 1
Meeting w/ Police and Sheriffs: 3
Chicago Crime: 2
Promoting His TV Interviews and Public Appearances: 11
Ivanka Being Treated Poorly: 1
Human Trafficking: 1
Meeting With Japan’s Abe: 8
Promoting Pro-Trump Rallies: 5
Meeting with Canadian PM: 3
Stock Market Success, Improving the Economy, Taxes: 16
Slamming Mark Cuban: 1
Promoting His Weekly Address: 2
Russia: 3
ObamaCare: 2
Slamming DNC Election Results: 2
Sweden Statement Clarification: 1
Team / Cabinet Statements & Announcements: 16
Fight with Media: 27

My reader (Sally) who requested this list is correct. Unless I am terribly wrong, meaning I missed a tweet, Sally was right when claiming the president has yet to tweet anything about E-verify, social security, veteran’s affairs, poverty, or homelessness. Like Sally, I’d love to see a few tweets about those items sometime soon. Let’s make America great again, one tweet at a time.

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