- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

Liberal commentator Piers Morgan is amazed at Donald Trump’s “mastery” of Twitter, saying the president-elect’s ability to play on the media’s “faux outrage” and make headlines with a single tweet has made him wildly successful.

“I am in awe of his absolute mastery of the medium,” Mr. Morgan wrote in a Monday column for The Daily Mail.

“Since the election, Trump has continued to set America ablaze with his tweets; from his calls for the musical Hamilton to be boycotted and flag-burning to be criminalized, to his angry attacks on Saturday Night Live, defense of his contentious phone call with Taiwan, and mockery of China’s hypocrisy,” he wrote.

“I’m also flabbergasted at just how dumb much of the American media has been, and continues to be, in letting Trump play them in such an obvious way,” he continued. “Every time they throw their high-minded journalistic toys out of their strollers at one of his tweets, Trump wins. His brand thrives on the oxygen of TV coverage, newspaper headlines and the media’s faux outrage. It always has.”

Mr. Morgan said Mr. Trump should ignore the advice of political pundits and “pompous New York and Washington elites” who say he should act more presidential.

“The whole point of Trump’s tweets is that they are as far removed as humanly possible from the way any ‘normal’ president or politician would ever speak in public,” he wrote. “They’re brash, direct, funny, abrasive, confrontational, and occasionally breathtakingly rude and offensive. In other words, they’re utterly authentic. That’s exactly what Trump is like in real life. He is, therefore, simply being himself.”

“Love him or hate him, there’s nobody else in the world more skilled at launching a devastating 140-character missile into cyberspace than Donald Trump. Which is no mean feat given he’s a 70-year-old man who doesn’t even use a computer,” he said.

Mr. Morgan concluded by urging Mr. Trump to keep tweeting and infuriating his “mainstream haters.”

“This is exactly why you got elected,” he wrote.

Mr. Morgan tweeted his column Monday to his 5.29 million followers, calling Mr. Trump the “social media king of the world.”

Mr. Trump’s colorful and sometimes combative tweets have been a major newsmaker since he entered the 2016 presidential race. A petition asking Twitter to lock or suspend the president-elect’s account for “hateful conduct” has surpassed 42,000 signatures.


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