The History-Making Covfefe-dom of Donald Trump

THE President’s tweet for Iranian dissenters (see Steve, below) has become the most ‘liked’ Persian message in the history of Twitter. That is a remarkable achievement. What Franklin D. Roosevelt did with radio and John F. Kennedy did with television, Donald J. Trump is doing with the internet. Of the three, Trump’s pioneering mastery of a new medium is the most humanly authentic. Roosevelt’s “fire-side chats” allowed a disabled patrician to come across to his listeners as a sympathetic and reassuring steward of America’s fortunes during the Great Depression. Whether or not his administration’s programmatic reaction to the crisis was a good thing – or even worked – is a separate matter.

The televised debate between Kennedy and a badly ‘flu-stricken Richard Nixon in 1960 allowed another severely disabled Democrat to project a confidence and a calmness superior to his opponent’s for a national audience. What physical invisibility did for Roosevelt, cortisone did for the previously rake-thin Massachusetts senator. On Twitter, by contrast, Trump hides no frailty. Not even his haters claim he’s pretending to be something he’s not. Never before in history has a world leader had a real-time instrument of communicative power as he does. At first they laughed. A POTUS on Twitter! Not anymore.

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15 Responses to The History-Making Covfefe-dom of Donald Trump

  1. Old School Conservative

    Menzies was a pioneer in the use of radio to get his message across.

  2. stackja

    MSM don’t know what to do.
    FDR and JFK were marketed by a compliant MSM to a likely gullible electorate.

  3. Leigh Lowe

    What Franklin D. Roosevelt did with radio and John F. Kennedy did with television, Donald J. Trump is doing with the internet.

    Absolutely correct. Not just the internet, but one specific channel on the internet … Twitter. And he gets to use the residual influence of old media in the process. Network television spends countless hours trying to discredit his latest tweet, but all the public hear is “Crooked Hillary”, “Creepy Joe”, “Low Energy Jeb” or “L’il Rocket Man”.

    Of the three, Trump’s pioneering mastery of a new medium is the most humanly authentic. 

    Yes, because what he says resonates with what ordinary voters think and say.

  4. Roger

    Yes, because what he says resonates with what ordinary voters think and say.

    Pay attention, ScoMo.

  5. Tim Neilson

    Menzies was a pioneer in the use of radio to get his message across.

    Menzies also realised very quickly that the most effective broadcasting was often actually not a public speech, but a conversation with two or three people in their lounge room. You can see that in his TV election pitches, sometimes along the lines of “Labor say X, but you and I know better…”. Labor politicians of the era often look and sound dated on screen, but Menzies is timeless.

  6. Whalehunt fun

    @Tim Neikson, Is there a link or something? Where does one go to listen to memories chats? Or is this from your memory or a transcript or some such?
    I would like to understand why my family hated him so much, almost as much as they hate Trump. Socialism is inheritable. I am a genetic mutant.

  7. Whalehunt fun

    Menzies. Not memories. Using a Samsung dumb phone.

  8. Tim Neilson

    They should be on the internet – I’m not old enough to have appreciated him at the time, but have definitely seen some online.

  9. jupes

    Pay attention, ScoMo.

    SloMo visited the great man last year and on his return, it appeared that he may have learned something when he made a couple of speeches about global governance or bureaucracy or something like that. Okay I thought, now let’s see you follow that up with actions …

    Yeah nah. SloMo learned nothing. The most important lesson Trump gives is to fight. SloMo couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

  10. Cui Bono

    Follow Scott Adams and learn how DJT persuades enough American voters. Don’t be a ‘Zoe Daniels’.

  11. Nob

    Whalehunt fun
    #3291158, posted on January 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm
    @Tim Neikson, Is there a link or something? Where does one go to listen to memories chats? Or is this from your memory or a transcript or some such?
    I would like to understand why my family hated him so much

    Same reason they hate Abbott, Morrison, Trump, but more so: he won and kept on winning.

    I was brought up with the same hatred of Menzies and drank it in.

    Took me a long time to admit I might have been a teensy bit wrong.

  12. Nob

    Twitter would ban Trump if they weren’t so dependent on him to drive traffic.

    He sets the agenda and doesn’t simply react to media preferred talking points.

  13. Crossie

    Yeah nah. SloMo learned nothing. The most important lesson Trump gives is to fight. SloMo couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

    At first I thought the negative poll numbers were a beat-up but perhaps the average voter is fed up with ScoMo’s stupidity. It seems the only thing he clings to for dear life and I ready to defend is the Paris Agreement.

  14. Mother Lode

    At first I thought the negative poll numbers were a beat-up but perhaps the average voter is fed up with ScoMo’s stupidity.

    Unfortunately, Liberal politicians (and their spotty pubescent advisers) think that low poll numbers mean that people want them to move toward the oppositions policies. They can’t imagine that their supporters becoming disenchanted with them because they have already moved left.

    Do they really think that it would be better to fight over the scraps of the warmie demographic (who hate the Libs as a matter of principle) rather than gather to themselves the whole of the cohort of sceptics (whose political and economic predilections would grow the economy and mean more dollars being funneled into national coffers – and all the new photo ops that would afford.)

  15. J.H.

    … and today Nancy Pelosi was defending the Iranian regime by denying that the protesters were criticizing the Iranian Government.

    She point blank refused on a TV interview to acknowledge that Iranian citizens were protesting against the Iranian government’s cover up of the passenger plane shootdown…. Even Iran’s state media were being critical of the government for a change… But Nancy was in lock step with the Mullahs and their view that Donald Trump is the root of all evil.

    Iranian citizens were being shot in the street protesting the regime…. and Nancy Pelosi denies them. Mad beech.

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