Donald Trump needs people cheering for him. He fell into something useful with Twitter. He used it to talk to American voters about their problems. His supporters found someone who listens to them.
The U.S. intelligence agencies said Russia hacked the Democratic Party. They did it to influence the outcome of the election. The agencies said they had no idea whether the plan worked. Democrats and Hillary Clinton did not claim Russia stole the election from them. It was all about the Russian efforts.
Trump was not worried about what the Russians tried to do. He said he won the election fair and square. No one said he did not.
Federal agencies and members of Congress worry about Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Ronald Reagan called Russia the “evil empire.” Older Americans knew from birth that Russia was our enemy. The Soviet Union collapsed around 1989. It was to be the start of a new era. Then Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 1999. He had dreams of Russia becoming a major power again. He is succeeding. Russia is playing a big role in Ukraine and Syria.
U.S. agencies say Putin ordered the cyber attacks. He is also trying to shape the elections in his favor in other democratic countries.
Trump’s supporters are joining him in admiring Putin and dismissing U.S. intelligence. Trump’s connection to his supporters via Twitter is a work of genius. Here is what some supporters are saying.
- “If that’s what it took [for Trump to win] I’m glad they did it.”
- “Sour grapes.”
- “Bunch of crybabies.”
- “From the parts of the report I’ve seen, it seems silly.”
- “Why is everybody so afraid of Russia? I’m not against Putin.”
Trump has business interests in Russia. He has said nice things about Putin. He is using Twitter to make sure people know he won the election fair and square. He does this by downplaying the intelligence community report.
Trump has an unusual ability to get his supporters to act on his behalf. It is how he won the presidency. He is the Twitter president. No one knows for sure what it will mean in the months ahead.
Source: The New York Times January 7, 2017