Click & Elect Donald Trump

The emergence of social media has changed the way in which political communication takes place in the United States. Political institutions such as politicians, political parties, foundations, institutions, and political think tanks are all using social media, Facebook and Twitter, as a new way of communicating with and engaging voters. Regular individuals, politicians, "pundits" and thought leaders alike are able to voice their opinions, engage with a wide network, and connect with other like minded individuals. The active participation of social media users has been an increasingly important element in political communication, especially during political elections in the 2000s.

Social media has been used in political campaigns ranging from small local elections to larger-scale presidential elections. social media can reinforce pre-existing beliefs rather than promote new ones. Social media, while a great source of gathering volunteers and money, serves the main purpose of affirming political beliefs and strengthening a political base. Another limitation of the way social media is used in political campaigns is that politicians cannot control the conversation. regular friends and followers hold high levels of influence on social media, instead of blogs and campaign pages. Users with the most influence over social media fall into three different categories: users who disseminate knowledge, those who engage other people, and those who lead conversations. These three types of users are the ones who others tend to follow and listen to through social media. Therefore, for political campaigns to truly reach as many people as possible, political groups first need to get those three users talking about their campaigns on social media.

this shows trumps social media follower increase from April 13th 2016 to may 13th 2016, in that time period Donald gained 595,777 people to his already massive following, and that's on twitter alone.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has gained 285, 541 followers in that same time frame.

Those growth figures only reflect the last 30 days, but other data, released via Twitter’s Government analysis handle have reflected similar - that Trump is gaining more than Clinton over time

To put this information in perspective, in the US alone, there were 6.4 million interactions regarding the launch of his campaign generated within 24 hours, the highest ‘by far’ among all 2016 GOP (Grand Old Party) candidates according to Trump’s campaign. In fact, including all the contenders, only democrat Hilary Clinton can beat that with a huge 10.1 million interactions after her speech the week before. To put these numbers into comparison, fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush, the son AND brother of two former presidents, received a measly 849,000 interactions after his campaign announcement. Pretty impressive numbers so far from the Trump camp. But it’s not just his performance and willingness to promote on platforms that are already heavyweights in the social media world, he’s branching out into apps that many other candidates probably don’t even know exist. Trump made his formal presidential announcement on Periscope, the new live streaming app that’s been building up buzz all year. This is the kind of strategy that can only create more and more media attention around Trump’s candidacy. For the real estate mogul, who is already getting his fair share of bad press already, this kind of modern thinking can only receive plaudits. The race to become president is one of the most mediated events across the world and Trump is already seemingly one very big step ahead of his republican rivals. The majority of social media users, especially on Twitter, tend to be left-leaning, but there’s a chance he can influence a fair amount of neutral voters with his already huge online presence. Social media has power and Trump knows its value.
Has Election 2016 been a turning point for the influence of the news media?

The negative coverage of Donald Trump has come not only from traditionally liberal sources, but from across a relatively broad portion of the ideological spectrum — even though some critics on the left have argued that sometimes the media created a false equivalence between the two presidential candidates in the pursuit of objective reporting. A clear indicator of the breadth of negative coverage of Trump is the distribution of newspaper and magazine endorsements of both candidates. Hillary Clinton was endorsed by 229 dailies and 131 weeklies, including news organizations that historically have not been identified with either party and others clearly representing a conservative ideology normally linked to Republican candidates. By contrast, Trump received the endorsement of 9 dailies and 4 weeklies. That’s a 27-to-1 difference.

Although counterfactuals are always difficult to evaluate, I think it’s reasonable to argue that, for instance, during the second half of the twentieth century, even a fraction of this negative coverage would have been enough to seriously damage the chances of a presidential candidate, and maybe even derail the candidacy altogether. By contrast, as Americans finish casting their ballots, the RealClearPolitics average of major polls shows Trump only 3.2 points out of the popular vote lead.

To understand how this is possible, we must look at the dynamics of political communication on social media. During the 2008 and 2012 electoral cycles, the campaigns of Barack Obama vastly outperformed those of John McCain and Mitt Romney on social media. The current electoral cycle has seen a dramatic reversal of this situation: Donald Trump’s social media operation has clearly surpassed that of Hillary Clinton. As of late last week, Trump’s Facebook page had accumulated 11.9 million likes; his Twitter account had 12.9 million followers. Clinton’s numbers were 7.8 million and 10.1 million, respectively. (There are other reasons why candidates have a social media presence, including to elicit donations and collect email addresses from potential volunteers, but this is beyond the scope of this analysis.) In an era of click farms and bots, not all likes and followers are genuine, but there’s no reason to believe that this can account for a major portion of these divergent figures between the two campaigns.

In light of Trump’s sometimes outlandish communication practices, it’s possible that a portion of his social media public has followed him to check on the latest outrageous post rather than because they support his candidacy. However, engagement metrics also show the much greater success achieved by Trump’s strategy.

For instance, as of Friday morning, a post about a campaign appearance made 14 hours before on the Facebook page of Trump had 92,000 likes, 40,000 loves, and 29,000 shares — and the video included in it had 2.1 million views. By way of comparison, a post made 12 hours earlier on Clinton’s Facebook page, also about a campaign appearance, had 14,000 likes, 1,300 loves, and 1,965 shares — and the video included in it had 218,000 views. Not only has Trump’s social media messaging elicited higher engagement than Clinton’s, but the discrepancy in intensity has been striking —witness the “loves” gap between those two posts. Similar comparisons on Twitter, such as the number of retweets and likes, show similar patterns.

Although he won the election the controversial figure is still not safe, Two civil rights groups trying to boot President Donald Trump from the nation’s highest office have launched an online campaign to get the brand new commander-in-chief impeached.

Their website, www.impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org, went live on the Friday just as Trump was officially sworn in. It is run by two groups, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, which believe Trump’s possible conflicts of interest are grounds for his ouster, the Washington Post reports.

“The nation is now witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate,” the campaign’s website says. “From the moment he assumed the office, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. The President is not above the law. We will not allow President Trump to profit from the presidency at the expense of our democracy.”

The organizers are asking for supporters to sign their petition as they ask Congress to pass a resolution calling on officials to investigate whether there is enough evidence to impeach Trump.

The U.S. Constitution states that the President and all "civil officers" should be impeached for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” However, government historians say while the House has initiated impeachment proceedings more than 60 times, less than a third resulted in impeachments.

Earlier Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union said it has taken legal action to obtain government documents that may show Trump’s potential conflicts of interest.

even though trump uses social media heavily it doesn't change the outlook these companies have on him, Silicon Valley has quickly responded to president Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.

Tech leaders have released statements, updates, and donations to support human rights organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), after Trump’s executive order went into affect on Friday.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, tweeted his disapproval of the order, and on Monday added a “Proudly made in America by Immigrants” tagline to Periscope app’s loading screen.

to conclude, the success of trumps presidential campaign relied heavily on his online profiles using his massive following of people to get his messages across. this clearly had a detrimental effect on the support he has received throughout the course of his campaign. good or bad whenever trump said/did something it would stir up talking. through this press he was able to get his policys out to a much larger audience, with a huge age range, he used this to his advantage and was able to build up a large amount of votes. even now he's sworn in there is still a great amount of hatred for Trump...

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