In defence of his frequent and often incendiary use of Twitter, Donald Trump has said but for Twitter, he may not have made it as the 45th President of the United States.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump also alleged that most news in the media is false and Twitter lets him bypass the “dishonest” press. In his words:
“Maybe I would not be here if it wasn’t for Twitter. I get such a fake and dishonest press…
“Much of the press is not honest… I have close to 100 million people watching me on Twitter, including Facebook and Instagram. I have my own form of media.”
Trump emphasised that Twitter is a wonderful thing for him as the press does not cover the things he says accurately. The @realDonaldTrump account on Twitter has just over 26 million followers.
However, Trump exempted CNN news channel and the three main US networks — ABC, CBS and NBC from those he classified as dishonest press. The US President said he was “not including Fox because I think Fox has been fair to me.”
When asked if any of the president’s tweets were moderated by his staff, Trump responded:
“Sure … A lot of times, my staff comes to me and they say, ‘Can you do a tweet on this or that because it’s not being shown correctly.”
In the meantime, Donald Trump has found himself a latest celebrity foe in a recent Twitter war with Snoop Dogg.
Early this week, Snoop did not hide his feelings about the U.S. president when he released a music video for the remixed “Lavender,” in which, the rapper shoots an unmistakeable clown-like parody of Trump with a toy gun.
On Wednesday, Snoop got a reply from Trump who took to Twitter to slam the musician saying:
“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
As expected, Trump’s tweet has since sparked a lot of media controversy. More so, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, took to TMZ Live to issue Snoop a warning, saying the rapper should apologize to the president ASAP. In his words:
“It’s totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology. There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president, and I’m really shocked at him, because I thought he was better than that. … I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama. I certainly don’t accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it’s not funny, it’s not artistic.”
Cohen added that people need to “learn that they have to respect the office of the presidency,” and “just because you want to hide behind the guise of artistic capabilities or artistic freedom of speech doesn’t make it right. Snoop knows that, and he played very close to the line here.”
In the same vein, Republican senator Marco Rubio also condemned Snoop, informing TMZ that Snoop shouldn’t have done that. We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something we should be very careful about. I think people can disagree on policy, but we’ve got to be careful with that kind of thing, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem.”
In defence, Snoop has said he wasn’t asking for any controversy. He said, “When I be putting shit out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction.”
“I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing. Any time I drop something, I’m trying to fill in a void. I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f—king clown as president, and the shit that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being,” he said.