For a leader of the world, it may be crucial for President Trump to characterize his contraction by a deadly virus to the horde of his fans on Twitter. This is a platform dear to him so much so that Twitter has threatened to suspend the users publicly wishing for his death as a backlash. The news came at the end of a wild day when the President announced via Twitter just before 1 a.m ET that he and first lady Melanie Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. It racked up to at least seven other Republican politicians and close Trump confidants, the last figure being his campaign manager in his inner circle to be infected with the same.
The tweet quickly gathered the most number of retweets and likes creating a fuss all over the internet and becoming the most shared tweet ever.
“Tonight @FLOTUS and tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine band recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER”
“The fact that Donald Trump broke the info on Twitter indicates that is his mode of choice for communication with the American people about the most serious things”-as reflected by Samuel Woodley, a professor, and director of a research team at the University of Texas, Austin.
With an aggregating 86.6 million followers, he runs the most popular Twitter handle of the world and uses it to broadcast his political convictions, his musings, promote his campaign for the presidency, and to go harsh on his critics.Trump.kept tweeting multiple types the day about his condition which is now diagnosed at Water Reed National Military Medical Centre. It was a fast escalation of a thread which he has been long downplaying- from mild symptoms to being airlifted to the hospital, although it seems to be a pre-scripted twist to some people. His upbeat attitude towards the epidemic has been reflected in the severity of the situation. Since its onset he has been flouting basic health guidelines such as social distancing and wearing a facial covering in public, holding large campaign rallies. It is more of a plunging into a more lasting crisis that is conspicuously affecting him as well.
However, this means that he would
now be spared more flexibility off his schedule on the social media.
Daren Linvill,a teaching official at the Clemson University opinionated-
“I bet that once he has his feet under him, assuming his case is relatively mild, he is going to be tweeting more than ever”
It’s not just the president,shelter-in-place, and quarantine this year have collectively adverted people accessing social media more often when stuck inside.
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