October 11

Inside Trump’s Twitter Response to GOP

Donald Trump is responding to the recent Republican pull out in his favorite way-Tweets. The Republican nominee addressed the fact that many high ranking, nationally known GOP politicians have openly said they will not vote for the candidate. Trump, who is clearly upset, spun it to be positive-and present himself for what he has always said he is doing: leading a movement.

He started, tweeting this,

“Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support.”

An hour later, it seems like his anger over the issue escalated, so he came back with this tweet,

“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a and conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty.”

He then must have thought about it, and thought about what he wanted to do next. At this point, it is very clear he will not win back this group’s support. Back in the summer, he had made a serious effort to seem more presidential, even bringing in teleprompters. That plan did not work. Cozying up with the GOP establishment did not work. So Trump tweeted this next,

“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

Clearly, Trump is changing his message. And clearly, he is saying that the GOP establishment was trying to make him be different than he is. But now, he is free to just be Trump the way Trump only knows how.

But then, he must have thought again about the situation, and anger again arose. The face that Trump won the primary fair and square, and even signed the pledge-but still, the party politicians will not support him-seems like a betrayal. Trump won votes in historic numbers, but he has almost no support from the party members. So, Trump tweeted,

“With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!”

The, this sentiment must have really sunk in. So after an hour of really thinking about the injustice of the situation, Trump tweeted,

“Disloyal r’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They came at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win- I will teach them!”

Trump is clearly hurt, and angry, at what he views the most recent betrayal. His party has left him, with less than a month left till the election. Trump must see this, and see his movement, and genuinely be confused. Trump’s reaction further emphasizes the drift between the Republican Party and the Trump movement.