In a new Twitter spat, President elect Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton have been involved in an unlikely spat over comments made by the former President to a local news agency in an interview.
During the interview Clinton was asked if he thought Trump was smart? His answer? “He doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him,” He also claimed Trump called him the day after the election. This proved enough to light the fire under the tempestuous businessman, who took to Twitter to lambaste the former President saying “Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He ‘doesn’t know much’…” he then went on to tweet “especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states.”
Trump’s use of Twitter has been the subject of much media coverage, and even the basis of a skit by comedy show Saturday Night Live, in which Trump (played by Alec Baldwin) fails to focus on the job at hand, constantly tweeting people. This ironically also drew the President elect to his computer screen tweeting ‘Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad,” In a Twitter spat that followed Baldwin asked Trump to publish his tax returns, which even though he had said he was going to do, so far he had not. Even after revelations of him not paying tax for several years, he still has so far not produced them. Baldwin went on to inform Trump that his cabinet selections were provoking fear.
His use of Twitter while giving the news media constant insight in to the thoughts of the President elect, has been frowned upon by many in the political establishment. As he uses the platform to take a swing at opponents and even stirring up international diplomacy after the row over a phone call taken from the Taiwanese President. The President elect has been accused of having a thin skin by his detractors, and many who had claimed that he was unsuitable have maintained that these episodes only prove them right. It seems that learning to be Presidential may be a tough road for the businessman, and that he may need to learn to rise above ridicule if he’s to be a success.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.