Opinion: Trump changes the nation with Twitter

Opinion: Trump changes the nation with Twitter

Donald J. Trump’s tweets are infamously limited in vocabulary, but cover a wide range of subjects and have the ability to influence the real-time behavior of the nation. The President’s unique lexicon has revitalized “bigly,” a word that has been used infrequently since the 1800s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. His habit of speaking in short, punchy sentences, often punctuated by the declaration of a person, place or thing as “great” or “wrong,” is especially noticeable in his tweets. Other words of note include “fake” with 231 occurrences, “Trump” with 228 and “Russia” with 111. He might be the leader of the free world, the most powerful man on earth, and have 52 million Twitter followers. In response, Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius” and “like, pretty smart.” The President, tweeting at almost all times of the day and night, often changes the face of the nation with his words. Notably, he has often affected the legal success of his own policies with his commentary, and his anti-Muslim tweets were found to be correlated with offline hate crimes against Muslims. Both the Trump administration’s travel ban on immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as the ban on openly transgender members of the military, have been contested in U.S. courts. Opponents continue to cite Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets and statements as evidence that the ban discriminates against predominantly Muslim countries in ongoing legal arguments, according to the New York Times and Fox News. When the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military members was overturned on October 31, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, she used images of the tweets in her ruling.

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President effects change bigly with small vocabulary.

Donald J. Trump’s tweets are infamously limited in vocabulary, but cover a wide range of subjects and have the ability to influence the real-time behavior of the nation.

The President’s unique lexicon has revitalized “bigly,” a word that has been used infrequently since the 1800s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. His habit of speaking in short, punchy sentences, often punctuated by the declaration of a person, place or thing as “great” or “wrong,” is especially noticeable in his tweets.

According to Trump Twitter Track Web, a web app created by Oregon State University computer science seniors Brandon Dring and Katherine Jeffrey, in the last year Trump tweeted “great” 659 times, “people” 307 times, “news” 265 times and “America” 225 times. Other words of note include “fake” with 231 occurrences, “Trump” with 228 and “Russia” with 111.

“Trump has lived his life as a billionaire, pretty much doing and saying anything he wants. He might be the leader of the free world, the most powerful man on earth, and have 52 million Twitter followers. But, it doesn’t stop Trump from announcing his unfiltered thoughts to the world,” Dring said via email when asked why he studied Trump’s tweets.

“Trump posts a lot of Tweets, so…

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