The founding fathers had incredible foresight on so many issues that could affect this great republic, but they totally botched the boundaries of presidential tweeting.
President-elect Donald Trump continues to use the social-media platform as a way to criticize his perceived enemies. Early Tuesday morning he was back on the CNN-bashing that began Sunday when he was busy tweeting criticisms at the network and retweeting a string of mean-spirited messages from followers aimed at CNN Senior Washington Correspondent, Jeff Zeleny.
Zeleny called Trump’s claims of massive voter fraud, “blatant and baseless.” For now, Zeleny is correct. There is no evidence supporting Trump’s claim that he would have won the popular vote, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Some of Trump’s supporters took to Twitter to back him up and shout down Zeleny and CNN, including a 16-year-old from Beverley Hills who goes by @Filibuster. Trump retweeted his tweet as well as others.
Never before has a president or president-elect used social media as a bully pulpit against media and other perceived opposition. Election officials in the states he said had voter tampering — California, Virginia and New Hampshire — have spoken out in defense of their voting process, and outcome. There are no indications of voter fraud as Trump suggests.
Trump’s Twitter barrage picked up steam after Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced she would seek a recount in three key battleground states that Trump won: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton — who lost the Electoral College vote, but leads by more than 2 million in the popular vote — initially declined to join the recount effort, but has since changed course.