As little as a decade ago, the social media activities of President George W. Bush were a non-issue. While President Barack Obama showed a bit more social media savvy, it was still not central to his presidential identity or legacy.
All that changed in 2016 when the first Twitter President was elected. While other Presidents offered press briefings and addressed the nation, President Donald Trump communicates in often misspelled, poorly punctuated and oddly capitalized 280 character snippets.
"I’m unfollowing the President of the United States today on Twitter, because his feed is the most hate-filled, racist, and demeaning of the 200+ I follow, and it regularly ruins my day to read it. So I’m just going to stop."
Senator Murphy added:
"I can’t believe I just typed that."
I’m unfollowing the President of the United States today on Twitter, because his feed is the most hate-filled, raci… https://t.co/N5syBCBTZA— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1564320375.0
People concurred with the assessment and applauded the move.
@ChrisMurphyCT It's sad were living in this moment when the President goes out of his way to show how much he hates… https://t.co/cDYuqZb0Ve— Robert Evans (@Robert Evans)1564321239.0
@ChrisMurphyCT He’s a vile, unhinged, demented, white supremacist. People need to ‘unvote’ for him. He’s disgusting… https://t.co/vw0GqiWZ9J— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan)1564349484.0
@ChrisMurphyCT Good, I blocked him a long time ago, we all should, preferably en masse. Imagine the hit to his ego… https://t.co/Mz03MvLYIo— Randy Cox (@Randy Cox)1564333000.0
In a move that is certain to upset the President—who still obsesses over inauguration crowd size—people are deciding to unfollow Trump on Twitter. When Twitter purged a number of bot accounts and the President's followers and reactions fell, he blamed the social media platform.
What will he do now that #UnfollowTrump is trending?
@ChrisMurphyCT Yes,My sentiments exactly! I can still see what his Twitter fingers spew out to the world, but foll… https://t.co/e166UXAiNh— #IHaveADreamToo (@#IHaveADreamToo)1564333562.0
You know, if everyone who actually disagrees with him UNFOLLOWS him, his numbers might really drop. #UnfollowTrump https://t.co/IprrZs3h8i— Morgan Fairchild (@Morgan Fairchild)1564355007.0
@JadedCreative Anyone who is actually following trump should UNFOLLOW HIM. You can still see his raging tweets anyt… https://t.co/gkknoV8cxX— Gail K🌊🌊 (@Gail K🌊🌊)1564066827.0
@SaraJaneMaki @ChrisMurphyCT Totally believe everyone should #UnfollowTrump. And take a few minutes a day to report… https://t.co/uw9ZFC87NF— Erik Halvorsen (@Erik Halvorsen)1564323110.0
I’m unfollowing @realDonaldTrump today, too. Thanks for setting the example, @ChrisMurphyCT. I hope all who agree w… https://t.co/3hvmaOOXC3— Eliza Orlins (@Eliza Orlins)1564335506.0
Do you suffer from #TrumpFatigue. Do what I did #unfollowtrump your life will be better for it.— Call Me Jake (@Call Me Jake)1564325796.0
@ChrisMurphyCT I strongly believe everyone should #unfollowTrump— Erik Halvorsen (@Erik Halvorsen)1564322563.0
I think we all need to #UnfollowTrump today. Enough with his racism and hatred.— Liddle’ Hyphen 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Liddle’ Hyphen 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸)1564324758.0
no seriously. please join. #unfollowtrump https://t.co/s6t0AaruGU— SteveInRealLife (@SteveInRealLife)1564375519.0
While it is important to know what the most powerful elected officials are saying, following them on social media is unnecessary.
@ChrisMurphyCT Never followed him to begin with.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1564338327.0