Decoding Donald Trump’s Twitter Meltdown

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Decoding Donald Trump’s Twitter Meltdown

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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weet. Firestorm. Debate. Repeat.

The genius of Donald Trump’s Twitter account doesn’t lie in how outrageous or uncouth it is, but in its simple motif of driving conversation. His most recent “bigly” one is not the “I have a bigger nuclear war initiation button than you” jibe at North Korean bossman Kim Jong-un. It is that Trump, a night after the Golden Globes, is having his own award ceremony for… wait for it… “THE MOST DISHONEST AND CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” (Capitalisation tweeter’s own.)

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We’re not holding our breath for what is about to follow. American liberal media will go crazy, fact-checking all his claims and defending themselves. They will take the moral high ground, even cry their hearts out while rewatching Spotlight. Trump’s proletariat supporters will bathe in their tears, thinking their President is standing up to the “liberal elite”.

The Orange President, meanwhile, will continue to spew populist shit and not do anything about it. He got mad about Pakistan thinking American leaders are “fools” but did nothing about it. He even wished for “good old global warming” just because Eastern America had a really cold winter. Trump has even been obsessed with checking the speed of “Make America Great Again”, constantly saying something to the affect of “Which is happening faster than anyone anticipated.” Is there a metric that can measure the speed of achieving “greatness”? Why is he obsessed with validation like his appraisal time is here?

Questions are everywhere, but the answers far and few. Thankfully, there is a reason we indulge in this maddening daily exercise. It is useful for learning what the most powerful man in the world, who knows where the “big button for nuclear war” is, hides.

The yugest President America has ever seen, has 45 million followers, but himself follows only 45 people, all of whom are his family or admirers. We already know, via our own Prime Minister’s Twitter feed, that reading weird things only leads to further weirdness. But unlike other digital natives, Trump doesn’t use Twitter for information, as he gets his information from an infotainment show for old fogies.

For us aam aadmi, this could mean nuclear war, but for Trump, it’s just a testosterone-fueled dick-measuring contest.

It’s his tweets however, which hold certain signs of mental decay. Like here.

As stated by a psychoanalyst, Dr. Aaron Balick here, “We can see this as a clear illustration of a defence mechanism created to defend the ego – to maintain a powerful sense of self. First he attacks @Morning_Joe (Joe Scarborough) by referring to him as ‘poorly rated’ – an obvious concern for Trump which has emerged again and again, from ratings on The Celebrity Apprentice to having his press secretary defend numbers at attendance at his inaugurationTrump attempts to elevate his own ego in relation to Joe’s, denigrates Joe by saying he’s not important, and then calls him names.”

This is basically what a child at an Indian playground says when he isn’t picked by either team for a cricket match: “I didn’t want to play with you anyway.” It shows the fragility of Trump’s ego, and his attempts to save it by attacking then acting like he doesn’t care.

The latest example is the tweet describing his own, “Big Button of Nukes”, while denigrating Kim Jong-un, who he has earlier called “short and fat”. For us aam aadmi, this could mean nuclear war, but for Trump, it’s just a testosterone-fueled dick-measuring contest. An attempt at fake swagger, even as his party struggles to pass any meaningful legislation. The Pakistan tweet too is an example of a maniacal ego.

In addition, the tweet on the journalist Mika Brzezinski above, whom he called crazy, also shows Trump’s bullying complex. According to lawyers, psychologists, and others who study Donald Trump for a living, he is an internet troll trapped in the body of a head of state. “From his language to his frequency to his particularly callous targeting of women, Trump’s behaviour bears many of the hallmarks of cyberbullying,” it states here in this Politico report.

Where does this stem from? Maybe the answer lies in the one institution that the Republicans are so fond of upholding: The family.

He’s a sad dude who wasn’t loved, is now unable to love, and vents his anger on the internet.

To continue, “Most adolescent cyberbullying is caused by some relationship problems,” which brings us to Donald Trump’s familial relationship. Upon his father’s death in 1999, Donald wrote a loving obituary to his dad in “the failing New York Times,saying, “It was good for me. You know, being the son of somebody, it could have been competition to me. This way, I got Manhattan all to myself!” What sort of a man considers his father competition? (Answer: According to Freud pretty much everyone).

This sorry state of affairs even extends to the family he built. It’s no secret that Trump is pretty creepy about his daughter Ivanka. It has gotten to a point when, the mere fact that she calls him “Daddy”, which he likes, sets off a chain of armchair psychoanalysis. His relationship with his sons is like the one he had with his father, as Trump basically never talks to them.

The whole affair is pathetic. A sad dude who wasn’t loved, is now unable to love, and vents his anger on the internet, which might be harmless if he were just a regular troll with an egg DP. Our problem, sadly, is that he is also the most powerful man in the world.

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