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men in various industries held to account for allegations. i think that's what a lot of people will be talking about at thanksgiving later this week. >> it's a very different picture when charlie rose is out less than 24 hours. thank you so much. that is all for us on "360." coming up special report, "twitter and trump" starts right now. it is a marriage of man, message, and machine unlike any other ever. >> i sit there at 3:00 in the morning, ding, ding, ding. you know, our country is going to hell. we must stop it. we need leadership. >> i wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing donald has tweeted because he's losing it. >> do you think donald trump could have won this election without twitter? >> nope. and you know what? i love it. >> sometimes it is his sword.
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>> m. cuban swings like a little girl with no talent. mark's a loser. >> why do shows have ana? she's a loser. >> other times it is his shield. >> this is the single greatest witch hunt. >> witch hunt, witch hunt. >> but what happens to america when this man enters this office and puts a finger on this button? >> if donald trump implodes, it will be because of twitter. >> how will history remember the age of twitter and trump? these are the collected tweets of donald j. trump, volume 1. we had them printed and bound as a physical reminder that his digital words are the sign of our times. and will be studied for
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centuries. these are his tweets since he declared his run for the 45th president of the united states. his ever-expanding new testament, if you will. but the genesis of this story begins tens of thousands of tweets ago. >> and here to present the top ten list of the "celebrity apprentice" donald trump. >> way back in 2009 when his very first tweet was a plug to watch him read david letterman's top 10 list. >> number 7, sell north dakota to the chinese. >> what's remarkable is on that day, only four people react to it. only four people react to what's arguably the most important influential social media account ever. >> number two, we're screwed. >> yeah, that's right.
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>> fitting because that tweet marked a real low point. he was coming out of bankruptcy again. "the apprentice" was in a deep ratings slump. >> you're fired. >> and his father raised him to believe that the only thing worse than bankruptcy is obscurity. >> fred trump actually dropped leaflets out of airplanes to draw people to the apartments that he had for rent. >> the twitter of the era, right? >> that was the drop a message out of an airplane. trump was a master of the pseudo news event. >> in the truth about trump, the family describes how their patriarch would work the press to create an image of success. >> you could send out a press release and it would say fred trump has announced that he's sold 50% of the properties in a new development, and it would actually get in the paper.
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>> as the son set out to conquer manhattan, he borrowed dad's tricks, included telephone alter egos names john baron or john miller. all the better to call reporters and sing the praises of the donald. >>, you know, i thought it was kind of creative on his part. because he didn't have a big staff. he sort of made it look like his staff was bigger by having all these representatives and also he could say things about donald that would be outrageous if he were saying it about himself. >> why wouldn't someone like yourself run for political office? you have all the money that you possibly need. you've accomplished a great deal even though you are only 34. >> because i think it's a very mean life. i would love and i would dedicate my life to this country, but i see it as being a mean life. and i also see it that somebody with strong views and somebody with the kind of views that are maybe a little bit unpopular, which may be right but maybe unpopular, wouldn't necessarily
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have a chance of getting elected against somebody with no great brain but a big smile. >> excuse me, where's the lobby? >> down the hall and to the left. >> even when the balance sheet was bloody red, he carefully nourished the image of success. even as he shifted from buildings to branding and in 2002 that image brought him a call from mark burnett, the founding father of reality tv. the pitch, survivor in the jungles of manhattan. fred trump would have loved it. america loved it. those first few seasons were must-see tv. but the definition of must-see was about to change and media was in for a seismic shift. in 2006 just as season five of "the apprentice" was falling out of the top 50, a web designer named jack dorsey sat down and
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typed, just setting up my twitter. >> i have 90 followers at the moment. so 90 people are watching what i'm doing. >> what started as an idea to send short messages to a network of friends grew into the newest strand of social media and then exploded the day michael jackson died. >> and for the first time we see more than 100,000 tweets in an hour. and that's a sign that hold it, this is a space that people are going to break and talk about news. >> this new tool captured the imagination of online marketers. >> back in 2009, i was working for a publishing company, >> including the man tasked with finding new ways to promote donald trump's new book. >> they say we don't really understand this, so you're the expert, why don't you explain it. >> they set up a meeting with the boss where peter explained the basics to the billionaire and then mentioned one hitch. an imposter had already claimed
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the handle @donald trump. >> that's when i suggested we call him @real donald trump and i remember he just kind of nodded because he really liked the sound of that. >> but despite the pitch for authenticity, peter ran the account. he's the author of that david letterman plug. and most of the early tweets were just aspirational quotes they copied from trump's books. >> one of the early tweets that i had posted i have right here was my persona will never be that of a wall flower. i'd rather build walls than cling to them. >> eight months later, trump takes over his own tweeting and right away shows off his grand ambition with a typo and a website. the people at should trump got it right. how are factories supposed to compete with china and other countries? dot, dot, dot. >> he doesn't reveal in social media that the website has
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actually been setup by a vice president within the trump organization. >> why do you think he ran for president? >> both the president and his son donald junior have told me we're genetically superior and he assumed he would be best at the job. the other thing is he was furious with barack obama. >> no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. >> his animus was based not only on politics but on the president's joking about him mercilessly at the 2011 correspondence dinner. >> and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing. what really happened in roswell, and where are biggy and tupok.
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>> and trump sitting there trying to take it. he's sitting there and seething. you can kind of notice this is going too far. >> president trump disputes the theory this is the moment he decided to run. but a few weeks later he began using twitter to attack obama, and a barrage would follow. he tweeted the birther conspiracy more than 60 times before finally admitting the truth. but in 2012 it didn't seem to matter. barack obama easily won re-election. and the very next day about 27b in the afternoon, trump tried a new line. we have to make america great again. two people noticed. even today it has less than 1,500 likes. but that tweet would mark a turning point in american history. because what came next changed
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barack obama is not who you think he is. most overrated politician in u.s. history. >> rosie is crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb. >> obnoxious and dumb. >> other than that, i like her very much. >> i have never seen a thin person drinking diet coke. >> truly weird. >> truly weird, senator rand paul of kentucky. >> reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. >> every time i speak of the haters and losers, the haters and losers, the haters and
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losers, i do so with great love and affection. >> they cannot help the fact that they were born [ bleep ] dumb. nice. >> by the time donald trump rode an escalator into history, he had spent five years -- >> it's an asset. i tweet well. >> as much as they tried, his rivals look like they brought a knife to a gunfight. >> this is a tough business to run for president. >> you're a tough guy. >> we need to have a leader. >> real tough. >> we went back and looked at jeb bush's most popular tweets. >> he had a popular tweet. >> he had a few. he had one that got nearly 35,000 likes with just a picture of his gun. do you remember that? >> no. which tells you everything you need to know, right? i mean, jeb's tweets were frankly not very memorable. >> you called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell.
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>> with every insulting quip and poisoned tweet, the establishment assumed he'd finally gone too far. >> he's losing it. we need a commander in chief. not a twitterer in chief. >> but each of those moments convinced one man in northern california that donald trump could not lose. hey, scott. >> how are you? come on in. >> this is beautiful. >> thanks. >> the house that dilbert built. >> scott adams is the creator of the dillbert comic strip, a multi-million dollar empire of books, toys and calendars. although he admits his speaking engagements have taken a hit since he began praising president trump on twitter. >> you were one of the few public people in america who saw this election coming long before anybody else. >> right. >> how?
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>> so i have a background in hypnosis. i've been interested in persuasion in all its forms for years. in donald trump i saw the set of persuasion tools that i had been collecting over the decades. >> he lists trump's fame, physical height and unflinching brashness among those tools along with his infamous negotiating style. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters. >> and what is it about his cadence, his vocabulary, all of that that makes him so successful? >> it's a whole bunch of things. the fact that it has to be brief to be in a tweet works to his favor. >> like a cartoon in many ways. >> likewise, i am very successful on twitter because i know how to make short funny sentences. he knows as a persuader, someone trained in the ways of persuading, that simple is always more persuasive than
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complicated. if we can understand it, we're more likely to say, yeah, that sounds right. we'll build a wall and there won't be so many people coming in taking our jobs. now you have jobs. he keeps it simple. he keeps it visual. he seems to care about the things i care about. did he get some facts wrong? yeah. do i care? no, not at all. i don't care a bit. >> not letting facts get in the way of a good story is a huge advantage. especially when railing against the sitting president with a more careful demeanor. >> how much did you agonize over a barack obama tweet? >> there was a day where he wanted to put out a series of tweets on gun control. and he was looking for statistics to use to make sure they were accurate. and that took several iterations because we wanted to make sure they were 100% factual. >> but there are a system of checks and balances. >> yeah, absolutely. just as there were for any
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statement the president gave or any speech he delivered. >> meanwhile, raw, unfiltered trump was pushing america's emotional buttons at the speed of light. >> it does gives you a tremendous amount of power. so @real donald trump. >> after years of reality television, he understood that the audience loves conflict. >> if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? seriously. >> in the campaign, during the whole cycle, he never attacked anybody. >> dan met trump as a teenage caddy. then years later dropped everything to run social media for the campaign. >> the trump train is all here, right? >> from his point of view, every harsh tweet was justifiable self-defense. >> he never attacked anybody in the sense of where he started. it was always the opposing campaign throwing punches at donald trump. and if you're going to throw punches at donald trump, be prepared. not only does it get him fired up, it fires up everybody around him.
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>> one of my hobbies is text analysis, and donald trump's twitter posed a really interesting text analysis challenge. >> david is a harvard and princeton educated scientist to realize official campaign tweets from scovino were different from donald trump's personal tweets. >> the ones that are coming out of donald trump are noticeably angrier or more aggressive? >> yes, absolutely. look at the words that are most likely to be from the android and from the iphones. ones like badly, crazy, weak, spent. >> joke. >> dumb. yeah. ones where he was often insulting someone. >> his jabs were often so shocking you didn't even have to follow him on twitter to see every blow. >> while most of us were sleeping, an overnight tweet storm that has washington buzzing. >> like he says all the time, it's like owning "the new york times" without the losses.
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and what's amazing about the social media with mr. trump, we could be on a plane going somewhere, and he could be wanting to get a message out, a strong message. it's on cnn five minutes later. mr. trump loves communicating. he's a communicator. >> we welcome the president of the united states. >> in a world filled with so much doubt and suspicion, it was a perfect storm. man, message and machine. but using twitter to campaign is one thing. how would a president trump use it to govern? your dry skin. i'm craving something we're missing. the ceramides in cerave. they help restore my natural barrier, so i can lock in moisture and keep us protected. we've got to have each other's backs and fronts. cerave. what your skin craves.
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andrew jackson's inaugural, all he could do was shout. they had no microphones so you couldn't project to the back. so people would pass on what he they said. he said -- >> is that right? >> so it went all the way back. >> the early re-tweets. >> the early re-tweets, that's exactly right. >> but as communication evolved, the presidents we remembered took existing tools and made them their own. teddy roosevelt quoted artoonests in a whole new way. fdr spoke into a radio microphone, like no president before. >> and it became mandatory listening. and everybody would lean forward and hear what the president had to say. >> give me a chance, will you, please? >> and while truman and eisenhower were the first on tv. >> not because they were easy but because they were hard. >> jfk and reagan. >> teardown this wall.
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>> are considered the best. >> this was delivered on twitter. >> president trump tweeted this, quote. >> which brings us to number 45. >> i'll do it on television, i'll do it on twitter. >> i got to talk to donald trump at mar-a-lago about books, and he just doesn't read them. he has no interest in them. i talked to him about presidential history. he's never read a presidential biography. >> we had tremendous success on "the apprentice. i do get good ratings, you have to admit. >> what he rips off of is tv. he's interested in ronald reagan because he remembers it. he's interested in john f kennedy because he remembers it. anything past that donald trump has zero attention span for. >> he's not alone, of course. as america got faster the media
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attention span got slower. >> media billionaire donald trump is learning a new deal, divorce. >> the big man on campus, donald trump. >> and reality tv. >> you're fired. you're fired. >> donald trump has created a persona. what we're getting now as president on television all the time is the persona because he's so dramatic, so volatile. he's a villain of a very large kind to most people in america. but he's the ultimate hero to another group, and so i'm afraid we're living in a time where a persona president who doesn't even know his real self is kind of role playing what a president would be while we're watching reality tv as our american
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political feeder. >> are you going to be tweeting whatever you're upset about, just put out there when you're president? >> so it's a modernfi form of communication. i'm going to be very restrained. >> so help me god. >> some hoped the twitter voice would end after he won. >> someone said this is also lies. joy bayhair he was fired from her last show for lack of ratings was even worst on "the view." >> but it became obvious the obsession with ratings would not stop. >> i was working at current tv. al gore decided to sell the station to al jazeera. so he's lying. >> what was your reaction when you read that tweet? >> i said, good, i'd love to be on an enemy's list.
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>> nixon's list was secret. but on twitter you can see this president's lit growing in realtime. many wonder if they should be taken as official statements. >> the president is president of the united states. so whether they're considered official statements by the president of the united states -- >> a target by far are the men and women who covered it. >> donald trump rants and raves at the press. i'm not ranting and raving. i'm just telling you. >> all presidents complain about the press, usually in private correspondence, maybe in one occasional out burst. donald trump has made it his red meat. >> he likes to be emotionally compatible with the public. so where the public says hey, i'm not sure i trust these news sources or maybe i trust this but not these, he went full fake news. this is all fake news. >> what's the cost of that, you think, ultimately? or is there one?
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>> i think the cost is he became president of the united states. >> you are attacking our news organization. >> he turns a lot of reporters through his bile towards them, they become targets. >> where are you from? >> abc. >> there's another beauty. quiet. >> can you give us a question? >> reporters start getting hate mail. it's like he sends a posse out on them. >> the president of the united states called me fake news. and on the day he called me fake news, somebody went on my wikipedia page and changed it to say i had died that day. that i had died on january 11, 2017. that had to ebe taken down. i turned off my twitter notifications because it became sort of this open sewer of hatred and contempt. i didn't choose for that to happen. but here's the question, though,
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what do we do about this? if the president calls us fake news, do we just take it? do we not say anything? >> to his supporters attacking the messenger is a feature not above. >> trump tower right behind us. >> in a politically correct world. >> i don't think americans want him off twitter. i think they're enjoying it. i think it actually goes back to wrestling and the beauty contest and celebrity apprentice. i think it's unbelievable you can be at a subway, at dinner, be waiting at a doctor's office and all of a sudden you see the same message from the president of the united states that world leaders are getting. i think it's a profound thing. >> i think if donald trump implodes it'll be because of twitter. he never gives an e-mail. he's been very cagey as a
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business person. twitter he could get drunk on. and that could become his achilles' heel. reckless use of twitter could cause him to go down in the end. because at some point he may very well say something that has consequences leading towards impeachment or showing illegality. >> a tweet too far. >> tweet too far. how did you do that? masterpass. masterpass? masterpass. nice chair. thanks. i used masterpass. masterpass? yes, masterpass master...pass? yes! masterpass! pass! pass! was it expensive? priceless. i'll masterpass you a new one. masterpass by mastercard. the modern way to pay.
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i'm wolf blitzer and you're in the situation room. whatever room i'm in, there's a situation. >> every summer this most beautiful place hosts a conference on our most horrible fears. >> we're looking forward to excellent discussion. general clapper is with us. >> statesman, soldiers and spies all gather in the rockies to talk terror, weapons and war. >> director john brennen most recently served for four years as the cia director. >> and one of the main topics of this year's aspen security forum is the insecure behavior of president trump. >> this is what he said in a tweet, and i'll let both of you respond. intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake
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news to leak into the public. one last shot at me. are we living in nazi germany? >> these types of comments are just disgraceful. never should have happened. >> american intelligence sounded the first warning of russian meddling a month before the election, but it was buried by coverage of this. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. do anything. >> after he won, the hacking story gained steam and the president-elect deflected on twitter praising putin's russia and mocking american intelligence. for the man in charge of that intel community, the nazi comparison made blood boil. >> prompted me to call him. what i had to lose was nine days left, but i couldn't let that reference pass. that say a terrible insulting affront. not just to me or john or the
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seniors, but i'm talking about the rank and file, people in trenches, men and women, compatriots in the intelligence community. and that was completely inappropriate. >> but the president-elect described their call much differently. james clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was made up, phony facts. too bad. and he's continued to bash their phony spy services at home. >> the fbi has been in turmoil. you know that, i know that. >> and abroad. >> i remember when i was sitting back listening about iraq, weapons of mass destruction. they were wrong and it led to a mess. >> but former spy chief michael hayden says these insults aren't even the main concern. >> bh it comes to american adversaries in pyongyang or moskow, following donald trump on twitter, what worries you the most?
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>> if i'm the head of a hostile or even friendly intelligence service, i've got a new office over here. follow that account. tell me what this man is saying. it's tremendously revealing. we know the president's hot buttons, we know his vulnerabilities. we know what upsets him, we know what he demands from his subordinates, loyalty. we even know his sleep patterns based upon his twitter usage. >> right. >> that's a tremendous gift to a foreign power. >> all of those things someone like vladimir putin say takes great mains to hide. >> of course. because you don't want to advantage the other guy. >> while lashing at "the washington post," this tweet declassified tweets syrian rebels. >> i can guarantee you there are
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foreign intelligence services that have probably decided to do a little self-editing and said, look, we just don't know what he's going to do. >> they're withholding valuable information from the u.s. out of fear he might tweet. >> i believe that's probably happening. >> can i ask if you voted for him? >> i did. ruluckitantly, but i did vote for him. >> victor is a conservative scholar. and while the president's twitter habit pains him, he's hopeful that it's just trump's art of the deal. >> it's a matter of style. and being unpredictable and mad if it's controlled and it's controlled by sober and juditious people like mattis and mcmaster, tillerson as well, it reminds me sort of -- i don't know if you were old enough to remember, but if nixon dealt with the north vietnamese or yom kipper, it was sort of clear to
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us that he would go over to nixon and say he's out of control, he may bomb at christmas. who knows what he's capable of. and they said can you calm him down? >> but if trump is playing bad cop, what happens when the good cops don't know the script? have you heard from dip mats around the world looking for clarity, looking forzen to interpret this man? >> constantly. because there's a disconnect from what they're hearing from the secretary of state and the ambassador and what the president is communicating himself. and they're all trying to figure out which end is up. and it is a source of confusion. >> others say he's tweeting crazy like a fox, he wants to keep people off balance. >> yeah, and that might be good in the real estate market. it's not good with the prime minister of france or the president of the united kingdom.
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to have the world's most powerful nation be seen as inconsistent, unpredictable and unreliable, that's not a business advantage. >> what worries me i think to myself will some unhinged person overseas interpret that in a particular way and take an action in a particular way, and will that initiate a chain of events that can't be called back? and then as a historian i say to myself, well, madness is not always a disadvantage in diplomacy. some of the people who have been the craziest had been successful. >> but for those who prefer strategy over wishful thinking, is there any way to get this man to change his ways?
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last night, yeah. and i tweeted. i tweeted. can you believe? >> of his thousands of mean tweets, there is at least one president trump regrets. it came when screen legend kim novack came out of seclusion to appear at the 2014 oscars. having a real hard time watching the academy awards, trump
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tweeted. kim should sue her plastic surgeon. friends say the 81-year-old was so devastated she didn't leave home for months. >> i said so why did you do this to kim novack, and his first response was i didn't get into any trouble for it, did i? >> after announcing his run for president, trump eventually apologized. >> the fact that i caught him bothered him. and he had to talk about it quite and bit a eventually say, well, you're right, it wasn't a very nice thing to do. now, i think he was sensitive to being called out. >> tweets. i don't see that as an appropriate comment. >> i'm appalled. >> i think at times he's rude and crude. >> there is no shortage of voices calling for the president to cut back and tone it down. including his own voters. >> and how do you think he's doing? >> man, it's kind of crazy.
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we have a new -- weave a twitter president. i wish he would tweet less. >> is it a risky way to communicate? >> in a summer poll 71% of americans told twitter was a risky way for the president to communicate. but there are several who disagree. >> he said no i'm just going keep tweeting. i'm going to be a tweeting president, and you're going to get used to it. and you know what, love it. every time he tweets i'm entertained. it tells me about to care about today. tells me what he's think. it's transparent. sometimes it's provocative. sometimes it's too procvicative. i like that too. >> you're entertained. >> that is not a small thing. >> we want to make sure we hold our accounts to the same terms of service, but ultimately we
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want to make sure we're guiding everyone towards betterusage of the platform. >> it is twitter policy to suspend users for abuse. and they have shutdown fake accounts retweeted by the president. like the white house, twitter declined for request for interview. but in january my colleague tried to press jack dorsey on whether they would ever intervene. >> so that's a yes or a no? >> we're always going to work with all of our accounts and all people using our platform to make sure they're using it in healthy ways, the guide towards more positive impact. >> but among those who see real value in those tweets is a man who disagrees with almost all of them. >> so your twitter bile, patriotic american, proud immigrant, spring at the scene fan. bravo. banned by putin, fired by trump. >> good bumper sticker huh? >> preet bu roaro once led one of the most elite crime fighting
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teams in america. prosecutors, investigators wielding >> we will find you and send you to prison. >> now when he sees injustice, all he has is twitter. >> you chose the president's favorite form of media to answer back after your firing. why is that? >> well, that's the only option i had. i started a personal twitter account by happenstance a few days before i got fired, not expecting to get fired. >> to prosecute those responsible. >> as the top u.s. attorney for new york's southern district, trump tower was part of his watch. and at first he thought he would keep it, even though had once worked as chief council to top democrat chuck schumer. >> he asked me to stay. implored me to stay in fact. >> and then he called you a couple of times? >> called me a few times. unclear why, to shoot the breeze, which is unusual, the number of times that president obama called me was zero.
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>> after he told the president's secretary that accepting another call would be inappropriate, he was asked to resign, along with dozens other obama appointees. fairly standard after a change in the white house. but he refused. and used twitter to let the world know it. >> was that easy for you? was it liberating? >> it was liberating. and i've heard some people remark on twitter and wrestle that preet is a different guy. i'm not a different guy. i have a different job. i think there is a difference in how your supposed to comport yourself when you're acting on behalf of the united states government as opposed to being a private citizen. something the president doesn't seem to feel. >> so many of his defenders say you've got to take it in sum total. this is donald. this is twitter. the rules are different. well take him seriously but not literally. what do you think of that?
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>> he is the president of the united states. what the president says matters. it is probably the purest suggestion of what is in his mind and his intentions and wants are. if some of those things are to restrict the free press, to make congress less democratic, to be autocratic in a way president erdogan or duterte are in the world, in some way there's is an argument that those tweets matter more than anything else. >> how do you think his tweets should be regarded? as a piece of american history? >> i think that that is that i'm connecting with the guy back home who has often been referred to as the forgotten man. you know, i'm tweeting directly to him. and you know when those -- those elitist insiders in washington, d.c. who support the status quo, the status quo and working for you, when they're raising hell with me, i'm standing up for you. and i think people do feel that somewhat in their gut.
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there has always been establishment. and there has always been the rub with the -- if you will, the common man against the establishment. and i think donald trump has just tapped into that in a way that we haven't seen in a long, long time. and i don't believe any president will ever go back to not using twitter. they may ube a little more careful. but they're going be -- they're going to be using twitter or the grandson of twitter, the next gen. >> when he uses twitter to push policy or take credit for nick success, to announce changes that can catch even the military off guard or retweet memes of himself hitting hillary clinton with a golf ball, critics may howl be. he is not tweeting to them. he is playing straight to the base. and they love it. >> i love it. and you know what it does? >> it leaves you out. and you don't like it because it leaves you out. >> you know, i think that that
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is actually part of the appeal to many people that it's just raw, and it's out there. >> i think twitter is a great thing for him. i hope he continues to do it. i hope he continues to hit back as people hit back at him. >> to me, i love his tweets. i can't wait to wake up in the the morning see them. hey, it's me, your dry skin. i'm craving something we're missing. the ceramides in cerave. they help restore my natural barrier, so i can lock in moisture and keep us protected. we've got to have each other's backs and fronts.
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abraham lincoln would probably not be electable today because of television. he was not a handsome man and he did not smile at all. he would not be considered to be a prime candidate for the presidency. and that's a shame, isn't it? >> was he right? if his use of social media is modern day presidential, what does it say about modern day? could the brilliant guys on mt. rushmore win an election now? and how would lincoln play on twitter? ooh, this is a good thread. with malice toward none, with charity for all. with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the rights. let us strive on the finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have born the battle and for his widow and his orphan. to do all which man achieve and
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cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. in the end, twitter is just a tool, like a blade or a flame, kit be used to harm or heal, to create or destroy. and with all tools, it all comes down to the person holding it. >> with the exception of the late, great abraham lincoln, i can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. that i can tell you. is "cnn tonight." i'm chris cuomo in for don lemon. no matter where you look tonight
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you're going to hear the news that president trump is supporting alabama senate candidate roy moore. but it is why he's doing it that should really be the headline. here's the president today addressing the man accused of assaulting two teenagers, one 14 at the time. >> we don't need a liberal person in there, a democrat, jones. i've looked at his record, it's terrible on crime, terrible on the border, it's terrible on the military. i can tell you for a fact we do not need someone who's going to be bad on crime, bad on the borders, bad with military, bad for the second amendment. >> mr. president, is an accused child molester better than a democrat? is an accused child molester better than -- >> well, he denies it. if you look at what is really going on and you look at all things that have really happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. he says it didn't happen. you know, you have to listen to him also.