The image of a man who understands “regular people”

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Aides said they often compiled positive feedback for Mr. Trump. He revels in the stream of praise from his most loyal followers, on paper or as he scrolls through his phone early in the morning and late at night.

That’s so pathetic. No, I don’t feel sorry for him, I just find it pathetic. Contemptible, and pathetic. Random fools on Twitter think he’s awwwwwwsome, and that gives him the cuddly feelz.

The Times presents a graph showing that tweets that get lots of love on Twitter are repellent to the sane adult public. It’s kind of as if Trump spent all his time courting gamers or zombie fans.

The president is keenly aware of his number of followers and reluctant to acknowledge that any of them are not real. Mr. Trump has accused Twitter of political bias for its periodic purges of bot accounts across the platform, which have cost him — and other prominent users — hundreds of thousands of followers. When he met with the company’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, in April, Mr. Trump reportedly pressed him at length about the lost followers.

It’s so cruel to take his loyal bots away.

According to data from YouGov, which polls about most of the president’s tweets, some of the topics on which Mr. Trump got the most likes and retweets — jabs at the N.F.L., posts about the special counsel’s investigation, unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud — poll poorly with the general public.

But people close to Mr. Trump said there was no dissuading him that the “likes” a tweet got were evidence that a decision or policy proposal was well received.

Last December, after Mr. Trump announced plans to withdraw some troops from Syria, lawmakers came to the White House to argue against it. According to Politico, Mr. Trump responded by calling in Mr. Scavino.

“Tell them how popular my policy is,” Mr. Trump asked Mr. Scavino, who described for the lawmakers social media postings that had praised Mr. Trump’s decision. Aides said that for Mr. Trump, his Twitter “likes” were proof that he had made the right call.

Ok, I take back the “nothing we didn’t know” claim. I didn’t know that. Dear god – he makes his policy on Syria according to what’s popular on Twitter.

He and his flunkies are hoping Twitter will win him a second term.

While some campaign aides say Mr. Trump’s tweets can be a distraction, they also view Twitter as an essential tool to present him as someone strong, willing to stand up to so-called political elites and what the president recently called the “unholy alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats and the fake-news media.”

The aides seek to cultivate the image of a man who understands “regular people.” Mr. Trump’s team believes that his unvarnished writing, poor punctuation and increasing profanity on Twitter signal authenticity — a contrast to the polished, vetted, often anodyne social media style of most candidates.

Absolutely. Who needs health insurance and affordable housing and decent wages when there’s an ignorant sexist racist loudmouth being “authentic” on Twitter?

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