Trump’s Twitter Feed Traumatizes Washington Or Something

We’ll see what happens once January 20th comes around and Donald Trump’s work day and responsibilities explode to a level he might not be expecting, but, for the moment, Politico is telling us about trauma

Donald Trump’s unique, chaos theory of presidential communications is upending Washington, leaving lawmakers, government officials and lobbyists aghast that they are beholden to a single leader’s whims, not to mention the uncertainty about his true thoughts and intentions.

Unlike more traditional administrations, in which a White House focuses on one big agenda item at a time and mobilizes all resources to galvanize public and congressional support for it, Trump has shown no sign of abandoning his off-the-cuff, scattershot approach to tweeting. And in a town that relies on information flow, Trump’s unpredictable style threatens to paralyze Washington’s power brokers.

Perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps they need to be paralyzed, and the Government can work for the people, instead of interest groups that often do not have the best intentions for We The People. Regardless, when you have a businessman like Trump, they have irons in lots and lots of fires, and are able to work with that quite effectively.

“He is constantly in motion and in command of the pace and tempo of the political news environment. That is something that his opponents have yet to figure out,” said Kevin Madden, a GOP communications strategist in Washington who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. “The sheer volume of activity and coverage around him works to his advantage. Trump understands one important dynamic: In a world where there is a wealth of information, there is always a poverty of attention, and he has this ability to generate four or five story lines a day. In the face of that, how can his opponents break through on even one of them? He is always in control.”

Love him, hate him, be ambivalent, don’t underestimate him. It worked throughout the primary and the general election.

Making the media drink from a fire hose worked to Trump’s benefit throughout his unconventional presidential campaign. By forcing editors and news producers with a finite amount of ink or airtime to choose what to cover and what to ignore, Trump succeeded in bombarding the nation’s collective consciousness with his massive presence and unrelenting will. It is, in fact, a hallmark of his approach during several decades in the business and media world.

For all the focus on lobbyists and such, the people who are actually traumatized are the Credentialed Media. The attempt here is to shift the narrative, but, really, they are Very Upset that Trump is able, and willing, to bring his message directly to The People. As the Gatekeepers Of All News, this cuts them out, and leaves them looking to create that Narrative, which Trump proceeds to demolish with direct communication. They do not like that in the least.

Overall, perhaps government and those who surround it need a bit of anxiety. They need to be a bit nervous and “traumatized.” They’ve all be entirely too comfortable, and need a kick in the pants to get to work, just like out in the private sector. To know that there are consequences.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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2 Responses to “Trump’s Twitter Feed Traumatizes Washington Or Something”

  1. drowningpuppies says:


    I have watched people on this blog chase after Russian boogiemen these past few days with more fervor than a leprechaun after his Lucky Charms. Why are you doing this? Why are you buying this narrative that is being pushed by Democrats? Democrats like Hillary Clinton who’s SOP is to lie and blame their failures on others. These are the same Democrats who lied about Benghazi to grieving families and blamed a video. Or how they lied about Hillary’s private email server in the bathroom. That nothing but yoga emails were on it when in fact it seemed everyone was hacking it to read classified government documents. So again I have to ask, why should I, or anyone, believe these same Democrats now? They are courting war with a bellicose Russia instead of admitting that all their cheating still did not get Hillary elected.

    –anonymous

  2. Jeffery says:

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump

    Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for….

    4:34 AM – 6 Jan 2017

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏@realDonaldTrump

    being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary

    4:42 AM – 6 Jan 2017

    #Presidential?Sad.

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