I’m still in a writing funk for my blog, so I asked my good friend Dr. César Chelala if I could share with my readers an article that he published recently in Counter Punch, an online periodical, and he graciously agreed. Here it is:
January 12, 2017
Trump’s Favorite Tweets
Donald Trump has shown he has no rivals using Twitter, a technique that he has mastered and that serves him to attack enemies, deflect attention and settle personal scores. Trump takes Twitter seriously. He gets up early in the morning and starts tweeting. To his credit, some of his tweets are sometimes retweeted millions of times, making of this an extremely powerful weapon of war for him, one that reveals the intricacies of his complex mind.
“In 140 characters, he [Donald Trump] can change the direction of a Fortuna 100 company, he can notify world leaders and he can also notify government agencies that business as usual is over,” said Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager.
Not everybody takes lightly Trump’s tweets. Chinese state-run media criticized Trump’s “Twitter foreign policy” that it considers “child’s play,” and foreign governments follow his tweets with increasing attention and concern. Unfazed, Trump claims that many people congratulate him on being “the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter” a statement that probably wouldn’t amuse Hemingway if he were alive.
What follows are some personal interpretations of Trump’s Twitter talent.
Bad actress. Getting fat. Get a life.
Bad actor. Bad accent. Bad English. Loser.
Try it again, Sam.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Be the first to be behind the wall, amigou!
Nice (and cutest!) girl in town. Great job! Lav u!
I looked at him in his eyes. I trust you, tovarich Putin!
Sorry, kid, but the Boss is now I, I, I !!!
You are not funny. You are pathetic! A clown! Go get a job! Sad.
New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.
In my organization you would be working the mail room. Get real!
Let’s have dinner again next week. Much to talk about.
Who the hell knows who you are? Immigrant! Get lost!
César Chelala, now a legal immigrant, is a New York writer.
Dr. César Chelala is a co-winner of the 1979 Overseas Press Club of America award for the article “Missing or Disappeared in Argentina: The Desperate Search for Thousands of Abducted Victims.”