Trump and Biden’s Twitter Game

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Jacob Cordeiro, Staff Writer

The 2020 presidential election has been like no other. From the coronavirus pandemic to all the protests and riots that have taken place to the entertaining and what some would call childish debates. The American people view the candidates to be two very distinct characters who address issues in their unique ways. With that being said, both President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden have heavily used social media platforms to visit these issues and publicize their messages. Twitter, especially, has been used by both on a daily basis, but with two completely different approaches. 

Trump uses twitter more to troll and many see his tweets as controversial. Trump is known to have no filter as he speaks his mind and calls individuals out as he wishes. He has attacked numerous world figures such as President Barack Obama. Trump has questioned Obama’s birth certificate countless times and actually did so while Obama was still in office back in 2013. Trump tweeted “Let’s take a closer look at that birth certificate. @Barack Obama was described in 2003 as being “born in Kenya”. Trump also showed his egotistical personality with the following tweet: “sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest- and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” Here, he claims to be superior in intelligence to his “haters” and those who disagree with his policies. 

On the other hand, people would argue Biden uses Twitter to display sympathy as he rather connect with citizens on a personal level. A couple weeks ago, when President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Biden tweeted: “Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.” In all seriousness, Biden may have not truly cared about Trump’s health, but he certainly used the opportunity to demonstrate empathy so the American people view him as a caring person. He wanted to convey himself as one who will comfort those dealing with the virus and grieving losses, as he knows that will appeal to voters. Additionally, after Trump’s brother passed away, Biden tweeted “Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one — and I know how important family is in moments like these. I hope you know that our prayers are with you all.” And as bad as it sounds, Biden may have not genuinely been concerned about the death but he used the passing to once again portray himself as a compassionate being.