The following is an excerpt from Sam Stein | March 27, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Donald Trump promised on Sunday that he would dramatically curtail his hate-tweeting should he be elected president of the United States.
Trump was asked on ABC’s “This Week” about his adolescent penchant for taking to social media to hash out tiffs, political or otherwise, with his opponents. After explaining just how many followers he has on Twitter and Instagram — and applauding both for being effective mediums of communication — he said he’d tone it down in the Oval.
“I’m not going to be doing it very much as president,” Trump said. “I will say, uh, you know, I will — I will act in the best interests of our country. I will act to protect our country, whether that’s counterpunching or not.”
Notice, this wasn’t a pledge to never tweet, just one to not do it “very much.”
The catalyst for the conversation was a tweet that circulated last week: It showed an unflattering photo of Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, next to a picture of Trump’s wife, Melania. Trump explained that he had merely re-tweeted the photo and not generated it himself, which is a fairly well-established social media defense. And he also argued that a super PAC ad shaming Melania for a GQ photo shoot she did many years ago was a far worse offense.
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