President-elect Donald Trump has promised to be “very restrained” in his use of Twitter going forward — a pledge that was made public just hours before he launched a Sunday morning tweet-tirade against The New York Times.
As it has so many times before, new technology and a new means of communication have already reshaped campaigning and could be on the verge of reshaping the presidency.
Both politicos and social media experts say the unconventional candidate who was elected as the 45th president of the United States will have a hard time parting with a platform that was so central to his ability to win over voters.
GOP operative Ford O’Connell, who advised John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, sees President Trump turning to social media whenever he feels like he’s losing ground or getting covered negatively in the press.
“I think that what he was able to with social media in general was find a way to bypass the mainstream media and provide hope and keep his supporters fired up at time that there were rough patches in the campaign,” O’Connell said.