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A Trump Retrospective, in Tweets and Columns

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Everyone who knows anything about U.S. politics knows that Tweeting is one of Donald Trump's favorite means of communication. He has a huuuge Twitter following (I must admit that I don't know how many) and re-tweets frequently (but when those are from far-right-wingers he claims not to know "anything about that" (not Trump's only form of Know-Nothingism). It is impossible to know whether or not Trump writes all of his Tweets himself. But they do at times come thick and fast. So perhaps there are Tweet-ghosts hovering about (although the chances that they are anything like the guilt-consumed/now-confessional ghost writer for "The Art of the Deal" Tony Schwartz are slim).

At any rate, I write Tweets too, on the average of about two a week. My following is just slightly less than Trump's, well, actually a whole lot less: something less than 1,600. My Tweets can be found at TPJ Magazine. (By the way, the publication of the magazine itself is suspended.) Looking back over them, I found that the majority actually were about Trump. And so, I thought that at this time it might be fun (educational, thought-provoking, historical, hysterical [?]) to re-visit some of them, in chronological order. I have also included references to several TGP columns of mine on the subject of Trump.

1. My very first on Trump , June 16, 2015 (when he declared his candidacy for the Presidency):

Trump goes Full Nativist. Poor guy. Just has nothing else, except $9 bil. made off his father's money and gambling. (Comment: little did anyone know at the time just how far that combination would take him. What a comment on our nation.)

2. I didn't get to him again until August 19. Like others, I wasn't taking him too seriously at that time: So Trump employs undocumented immigrants. If e-verify went through, how much in fines; how much would profits drop?

3. Then on November 15, 2015 came:

Trump reveals himself as equal opportunity "taking-advantage-of-hate" hater: Afro.-Americans, Latino (only) immigrants, Muslims.

Note: By this time, I had already written my first full-length column on him: "Hair Trump or Herr Trump? Then one came out on December 15, 2015: "Trump, the Right-Ward Imperative, and the Republican Party"

4. An important but not much mentioned point about the "Trump U." case is that Trump might face criminal as well as civil charges. No wonder he is going after the judge.

Note: A column of mine on Trump and the Orlando Massacre appeared on June 16, 2016: "Orlando, Trump, Identity-Group-Hate-Politics, and the Republican Party"

On June 21, I published a column on the subject Trump becoming a fascist. That is because he had directly linked his racism, bigotry, xenophobia and etc. to the U.S. capitalist class and protecting its interests: "Donald Trump: Turning the Corner Towards Fascism (but First let's Define it)."

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
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