Last night I stumbled across this month-old Washington Post article on a select group of tweeters who snarkily tweet back at nearly every single one of President Trump’s tweets. Excerpt:
It was a few minutes before 11 p.m. in Washington last Tuesday, and President Trump had a thought to share.
“FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!” he tweeted to his 28 million followers.
A determined few of them — the regulars — were waiting.
“He’s investigating you right now,” Jordan Uhl, a young executive at a start-up in the District, tweeted back to the president. “Do you realize that?”
“Says a lot that the sitting president is STILL crying about an election THAT HE WON,” freelance writer Mike P. Williams typed from London. “There’s something wrong with you; your skin’s so thin.”
And in Los Angeles, tech entrepreneur William LeGate scoffed: “Comey is the reason you got elected . . . even you & your supporters know that.”
Most Twitter users, though, don’t bother to click on Trump’s individual tweets to see the thousands of replies each receives. If they did, they’d discover a little-known community: LeGate, Williams, Uhl and scores of other recurring names — the folks who’ve made a devout habit of talking back to the commander in chief on Twitter.
“I have a notification set up so that when Trump tweets, the lights on my phone flicker,” LeGate says. “I try to respond right away.”
Trump practically lives in these people’s pockets! It gets worse though:
“I was waking up at 4 a.m. to catch his early morning rants,” says Kristina Wong, a comedian and performance artist in Los Angeles. “The mania of trying to keep up with this s— is insane, but it was the only thing that gave me a sense of agency.”
Wong sighs. She knows how futile this sounds.
If the only thing giving you a “sense of agency” is tweeting gibes at the President of the United States, what are you doing with your life? What’s more, Wong seems fully aware of how silly (and pathetic) it is to rise well before the sun so she can work herself up over what someone else is thinking and saying.
I think it’s kind of cute that these people devote so much of their waking thoughts to someone whom they supposedly can’t stand. I’m paraphrasing some blogger here—can’t recall who—but it reminds me of the little girl in elementary school who never passed up an opportunity to name-call and make fun of the boy she secretly had a crush on.
And as I read in SJWAL, people typically project their own shortcomings and insecurities on the person they’re insulting. For example, you can bet that a liberal whose favorite insult of President Trump is that he’s a “man child who throws temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way,” is himself someone who has thin skin and temper control problems.
I get that these people believe they’re doing something absolutely necessary for the good of the nation or whatever. I just find it foolish to seek attention and validation through social media, especially when much of what you post reacts to someone else’s ideas and opinions.