Something Strange Happened on Twitter Wednesday, and Hardly Anybody Noticed

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but based on the often extremely predictable behavior of Donald Trump, I don’t believe that I am. Though I’m sure some will accuse me of making something out of nothing.



While I wholeheartedly disagreed, most of Wednesday’s media coverage of Trump’s speech in front of Congress was positive (the Jeff Sessions story broke really late). Personally, I find it laughable that expectations for Trump are so incredibly low that all he has to do is not have one of his unhinged outbursts for people to brag about how “presidential he looked.” Especially when the reality is, the only time he’s had these moments where he’s “looked presidential” is when he’s read speeches written by other people off a teleprompter. Especially considering the “moment of the night” about which so many bragged, in my opinion, was an deliberate attempt by Trump to use the widow of Ryan Owens to make himself look better.

But being that I’m a fairly active on Twitter, I couldn’t help but notice one thing: There was almost nothing from Trump.

He sent out one “THANK YOU!” tweet at 6:38 a.m. EST — but that was it. 

A man who averages around three to four tweets per day (if not more), usually consisting of some sort of petulant rant first thing in the morning, was almost completely silent on the social media account he seems obsessed with immediately following, easily, the best day his administration has had. Well, until the Sessions story began dominating the headlines late last night.

A man who still brags about his “victory” over Hilary Clinton — even when he’s standing in front of a CIA memorial or asked about an alarming spike in hate crimes against Jewish people — wasn’t rushing to Twitter to brag about a speech that even some far-left liberals like CNN’s Van Jones heaped with praise? He wasn’t frantically reaching out with his tiny little hands to tweet about polls that overwhelmingly showed people gave his speech high marks? He wasn’t itching to get on Twitter and bash the people who, despite the positive responses most gave his speech, still found ways to criticize it?

None of that — seriously? 

If you ask me — and keep in mind this is just my own political analysis and opinion — it seems as if Trump may have been told (or at least encouraged) to stay off Twitter for at least a day to avoid undoing the positive momentum his speech created. Especially considering his pattern of behavior and past reports (even just before the election) alleging that staff members have sometimes gone to rather comical lengths to save Trump from himself by doing whatever they can to keep him from tweeting.

Otherwise this doesn’t make any sense.

For someone who loves to brag about himself and/or lash out at those who he feels are being “unfair” to him, to have only sent out one “THANK YOU!” tweet the entire day following the best moment for him since he took office, that’s not a “coincidence.”

Again, this is just my opinion, but it seems as if “Team Trump” knew if he got on Twitter there was a huge risk that he might say something incredibly stupid (which he almost always does) which could have become a big story, overshadowed his speech, and derailed any positive momentum he built on Tuesday night.



Unfortunately for them, the Sessions story seems to have negated their effort. Though I would like to point out that, even writing this midday Thursday, the only other tweet Trump has sent out wasn’t addressing the Sessions controversy, but a tweet bragging about the stock market.

Like I said, Trump loves to use anything he can to brag about himself — even if he had nothing to do with it.

If my assumption is true (and I believe that it is based on the evidence I’m seeing), this is incredibly pathetic. To know that Trump is so mentally unhinged there’s a distinct possibility that his staff may have kept him off Twitter on Wednesday because a 70-year-old grandfather in charge of this country couldn’t be trusted to not make a fool out of himself on social media during a pivotal time when he desperately needs good headlines.

Also, Trump’s lack of tweeting essentially confirms my point yesterday when I criticized the media for praising Trump when all he did was read a speech someone else wrote for him, when we all know the Trump who reads these speeches written for him isn’t who he really is. He’s had a handful of moments where the media declared he “looked presidential,” and every single one of them occurred when he was obviously following instructions someone had given him to behave or he was reading a speech that he had almost nothing to do with.

Think back to those presidential debates where he always seemed more collected and on-point early on — that’s when he was “following instructions.” Inevitably, he’d get rattled, someone would push his buttons, and he’d usually come unglued by the end of the night.

While we may never know the truth, I can’t see it being just a coincidence that someone who’s often called the “Tweeter-in-Chief” over the fact that he can’t stay off Twitter, just happened to send a grand total of one, two-word vague tweet on a day that seemed tailor-made for him to spend a good part of it bragging about himself.

And if I’m right, that means the primary focus on Wednesday was Trump’s staff doing their best to keep him from getting on social media and reminding everyone who might have been fooled Tuesday by his speech of just how petty, childish, unhinged, and terrible he really is.

Though with the Jeff Sessions story getting worse by the minute, I’m sure we’re about to see that side of Trump sooner rather than later.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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