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their children that really got them through this 17-hour ordeal. >> we made it. so moving. thank you so much, ed. and thank you all for watching 360. the cnn 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. 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. >> you think donald trump could have won this election without twitter? >> nope. and you know what? i love it. >> sometimes it is his sword. he swings like a little girl with no power or talent.
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marks a loser. >> why do shows have an athat var row? 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 one. we had them printed and bound as a physical reminder that his digital words are the sign of our times and will be studied
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for 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 top present the top ten list the celebrity apprentice star, donald trump, ladies and gentlemen. >> way back in 2009 when his very first tweet was a plug to watch him read david letter man's top ten list. >> number seven, 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 influenceel social media account ever. >> number two, we're screwed. >> yeah, that's right. >> fitting because that trump
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marked a real low point. he was coming out of bankruptcy again. >> wait a minute -- >> the apprentice was in a deep ratings slump. and his father raised him to believe that the only thing worse than bankruptcy is object security. >> so 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 pseudonews event. >> and the truth about trump, the family describes how their pate arc 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 has sold 50% of the properties in a new development, and it would actually get in the paper. >> as the son set out to conquer
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manhattan, he borrowed dad's tricks, including telephone alter eegos named john bear ron or john miller, all the better to call reporters and sing the praises of the donald. >> you know, i thought it was kind of clever on his part because he didn't have a big staff and 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 was 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 as somebody with strong views and somebody with the kind of views that are maybe a little bit unpopular, which may be right but would be unpopular wouldn't necessarily have a chance of getting elected
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against somebody with no great brain but a big smile. >> excuse me, where is the lobby? >> down the hall and to the left. >> even when the balance sheet was bloody red he carefully created the image of success. in 2002 that image brought him a call from mark burnett, founding father of reality tv. the pitch, survivor in the jung else of manhattan. fred trump would have loved it. america loved it. those first few seasons much must-see tv, but the definition of must see was about to change and media was in for a size mick 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 at his consumer in san francisco and typed just setting up my twitter. >> i have 90 followers at the
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moment, so 90 people. >> are watching what you're doing? >> are watching what i'm doing. what started as an idea to send short messages to a network of friends grew into the new west strand of social media and then exploded the day michael jackson died. >> and for the first time we see more than a hundred thousand tweets in an hour. and that's the sign that will hold it, this has become a space that people are going to both break and talk about news. >> this new tool captured the imagination of online marketers. >> back in 2009 when i was working for a publishing company -- >> including the man tasked with finding new ways to promote donald trump's new book. >> they were saying 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. peter explained the basics to the billionaire and then mentioned one hitch. an kboser had already claimed the handle at donald trump. >> so that's when i suggested to him that we call him at real
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donald trump because he's the authentic real deal. and i remember he just kind of nodded because he really liked the sound of that. >> but despite the pitch for authenticity, people ran the account. he's the author of that david letter man plug and most of the early tweets were just aspirational quotes he 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 and click 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 have button it right. how are factories supposed to compete with china and other countries, dot dot dot. >> now, of course he doesn't reveal in the social media that the website has actually been set up by a vice president within trump organization.
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>> why do you think he ran for president? >> well, the president and his son donald junior have told me we're genetically superior and we have gifts that other people don't have and so he assumed that he would be the best at the job. and the other thing was he was furious with barak obama. >> no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. >> his animus toward his predecessor was based not only on politics but on the president's joking about him mercilessel at the 2011 correspondents 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 ross well? and where are biggie and tupac?
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>> and trump sitting there trying to take it, but you can see he's miserable and then seething. you can kind of notice this is going too far. >> president trump disputes the theory that 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. barak obama easily won re-election and the very next day at about 2 in the afternoon trump tried a new line. we have to make america great again. few 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
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[fbi agent] you're a brave man, your testimony will save lives. mr. stevens? this is your new name. this is your new house. and a perfectly inconspicuous suv. you must become invisible. [hero] i'll take my chances. barak obama is not who you think he is. most over rated politician in
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u.s. history. >> crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb. >> object knocks shus and dumb. >> other than that, i like her very much. >> i have never seen a thin person drinking diet coke. >> truly weird, senator rand paul of kentucky. >> spoiled brat. >> without a properly functioning brain. >> every time i speak of the haters and losers, i do so with great love and affection. >> they cannot help the fact that they were born dumb. nice. >> by the time donald trump rode an escalator into history, he had spent five years on twitter. and as much as they tried his rivals all looked like a guy who brought a knife to a gunfight. >> this is a tough business to run for president. >> you're a tough guy, jeb. >> we went back and looked at
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jeb bush's most popular tweets, and -- >> 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've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobz and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosy o'donnell. >> with every insulting kwip or poison tweet the establishment assumed he had finally gone too far. >> he's losing it. we need a commander in chief, not a twitterer in chief. >> but each of those moments kwipsed one man in northern california that donald trump could not lose. >> hey, scott. >> how are you? >> this is beautiful. >> thanks. >> the house that difficult better built, had you?
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difficult better built most of it. >> scott adams is the create or of the difficult better comic strip, a multimill i don't understand empire of books, toys and cal ders. though he admits his speaking engage wants have taken a big hit since he began praying trump on twitter. >> you were one of the few public people in america who saw this election coming long before anybody else. >> right. >> how? >> so i have a background in hib nose. i've been interested in persuasion in all its forms for years. and in donald trump i saw the set of persuasion tools that i have been collecting over the decades. >> by, everybody. >> he lists trump's fame, physical height and unflinching brashness among those persuasion 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. okay? >> and what is it about his cadence, his vocabulary, his
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timing, all of that that you think makes him successful? >> it's a whole bunch of things. the fact that it has to be brief to be able to 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 per sward, someone trained in the ways of persuading that simple is always more per sways si than complicated. if we can understand it, we're more likely to say yeah, that sounds right. we'll build a wall and then there won't be so many people coming in and taking our job of the now you have jobs. he keeps it simple, keeps it visual. he seems to care about the things i care about. does he get some facts wrong? yeah. do i care? no, 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 a sitting
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president with a more careful demeanor. >> how much did you agonize over a barak 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 want to make sure they were a 100% factual. >> but there were a system of checks and balances. >> yes. absolutely. just as there were for any 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 give you a tremendous amount of power. so at real donald trump. >> 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. >> dance ska beano met trump as
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a teenage caddie and 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 justifyable self-defense. >> he never attacked anybody in the sense of where he started. it was always the opposing campaign throwing pufrmgz 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. >> 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 data scientist who realized that official campaign tweets from scavino were very different from donald trump's personal tweets. >> the ones that are coming out of donald trump are noticeably angrier. >> absolutely. >> more aggressive. >> it's a topic called sentiment analyze. the words that are most likely to be from the android and eye
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phone and see the words are ones like badly, crazy, weak, spent and joke. >> joke. >> dumb. >> dumb. >> yeah. it's the ones more often where he's insulting someone. >> and 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 -- >> like he says all the time it's like owning "the new york times" without the losses. and what's amazing about the social media with mr. trump, we can be on a plane going somewhere and he could want to get a message out, a strong message. it's on cnn five minutes later. mr. trump loves communicating. he's a communicate or. >> we welcome the president of the united states. >> the world filled with so much
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did you know that george washington hated public speaking? in fact, one senator who was right here for his swearing in said our founding father would have been a lot more comfortable facing enemy cannon and muskets than a crowd of friendly americans. >> thomas jefferson much preferred the written word. and when 10,000 showed up for andrew jackson's inaugural, all he could do is shout. >> they had no microphone so you couldn't project to the back so people would pass on what he said. he said -- so it went all the way back. >> the early retweet. >> that's exactly right. >> but as communication evolved, the president ds we remember took existing tools and made them their own. teddy roosevelt court
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cartoonists 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. >> and while truman and eisenhower were the first on tv. >> not because they are easy, but because they are hard. >> jfk and reagan. >> tear down this wall. >> are considered the best. >> the president of the united states tweeting new criticism -- this is delivered on twitter. >> president trump tweeted this, quote -- >> which brings us to number 45. >> i'll do it verbally. 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
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the apprentice. i do get good ratings. you have to admit that. >> what he riffs off of is recent tv. >> one of the world's greatest heroes, ronald reagan. >> he's interested in 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 media got faster, the american attention span got shorter, which gives rise to a leader not trained in policy or politics but tabloid headlines. >> billionaire boy wonder donald trump is learning a new deal, divorce. >> beauty paneling ents. >> the big man on campus, donald trump. >> and reality tv. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> donald trump has created a persona. what we're getting now on television as president all the time is the persona, because
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he's so dramatic, so volatile. he's avilleian of a very large kind to most people in america. but he's the ultimate hero to another group. and so i'm agrade we're living in a time where a persona president that doesn't even know his real self is kind of role playing what a president would be while we're watching a reality tv as our american political theater. >> are you going to be tweeting and whatever you're upset about just put out there when you're president? >> so it's a modern form of communication. i'm going to do very restrained. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> some hoped that the twitter habit would end after he won. >> and i said oh, this is also lies. joy bay har who was fired for her last show for lack of ratings is even worse on the
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view. >> but months after the win, it became obvious that the celebrity insults and obsession with ratings would not stop. >> first of all, i wasn't fired from my last job. i was working at current tv. al gore decided to sell the station to al jazeera. so he's lying. >> what did you -- what was your reaction when you read that tweet? >> i said good. i love to be on an enemies list. >> nixon's list was secret, but with twitter you can see this president's enemies list grow in real time. many wondered if they should be taken as official statements. >> the president is the president of the united states, so they're considered official statements by the president of the united states. >> a favorite target by far. >> i want to find a friendly reporter. >> are the men and women who cover him. >> donald trump rants and raves at the president. i'm not ranting and raving. i'm just telling you, you're dishonest people. >> all presidents complain about the press, usually in private
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correspondence, maybe in one occasional outburst. donald trump has made it his red meat. >> he likes to be emotionally compatible with the public, so where the public was, hey, i'm not sure i trust these news sources or, you know, maybe i trust this one and not these, he went full fake news. >> what's the cost of that, though, do you think, ultimately? or is there one? >> i think the cost is he became president of the united states. >> you are attacking our news organization -- >> now can you -- >> you're attacking our news organization. >> he turns a lot of reporters through his bile towards them. they become targets. >> where are you from? >> bbc. >> here is another beauty. quiet, quiet. >> can you give us a question? >> i'm not going to give you a question. >> reporters start getting hate mail. it's like he sends a positives i out on them. >> you are fake news. >> sir, can you state
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categorically -- >> the president of the united states called him fake news. and on the day he called me fake news, somebody went on my wikipedia page and changed my wikipedia page to say that i had died that day, that i had died on january 11th, 2017. >> really. >> that had to be taken down. i turned off my twitter notification because it became sort of this open sue we are of hatred and contempt. i didn't choose for that to happen, but here is the question. what do we do about this? if the president calls us fake news, do we just take it? do we not say anything? >> to hiss supporters, attacking the messenger is a feature, not a bug. an access to an unfiltered leader feels refreshingly authentic. >> trump towers right hyped us. >> in a politically correct world. >> i don't think americans want him off twitter. i think they are enjoying it. i think it actually goes back to wrestling and the beauty contests and celebrity
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apprentice and reality tv. he kind knows what people want to hear. i think it's unbelievable that you can, you know, be on a subway, you can be at dinner and you can be waiting in a doctors office and all of a sudden you see the same message from the president of the united states that world leaders are getting. it's a profound thing. >> i think if donald trump implodes, it will be because of twitter. you know, he ever uses e-mail. he's been very cagey as a business person. twitter, he can get drunk on it, and that could become his akill lease heel. reckless use of twitter could causes him to go down in the end because at some point he may very well say something that has consequences leaning towards impeachment or showing illegality. >> a tweet too far. >> a tweet too far. so being cool comes naturally. hmm. i can't decide if this place is swag or bling. it's pretzels.
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>> states men, soldiers and spies all gather in the rockies to talk terror, weapons and war. >> director john brennan most recently served for four years as the cia director zmoo and one of the main topics at this year's as pen 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 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. >> can do anything. >> after he won, the hacking stories gained steam, and the
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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. >> it prompted me to call him. what did i have to lose? i had nine days left. but i couldn't let that reference pass. that was a terrible, insulting afront, not to me or john or the seniors, but i'm talking about the rank and file people in the trenches, men and women, the patriots 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 illegally circulated. made up, phoney facts. too bad. and he has continued to bash his own spy services at home. >> the fbi has been in turmoil.
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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. >> when it comes to american adversaries in pyongyang or moscow, following donald trump on twitter, what worries the most? >> 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. what know what upsets him. we know what he demands from his subordinates. 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 somebody
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like vladimir putin say takes great pains to hide. >> oh, of course, because you don't want to advantage the other guy. >> while lashing out at the "washington post" this tweet declassified top secret information to armed syrian rebels. intentional or not it's the kind of revelation that makes jaws drop in the clals of enemies and allies. >> i can guarantee that there are liaison services right now, services that work with us, foreign intelligence services, who have probably decided to do a little self editing and have said, look, we just don't know what he's going to do. >> they're withholding valuable information from the u.s. >> i believe -- >> out of near that he might tweet it. >> i believe that that's probably happening. >> can i ask you if you voted for him? >> i did. reluctantly, but i did vote for him. >> victor davis hanson is a conservative historian and scholar and while the president's twitter habit pains him, he's hopeful that it is just trump's art of the deal.
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>> it's a matter of style, and being unpredictable and mad, if it's controlled and it's controlled by sober judicious people like mattis and mcmaster, maybe tillerson as well. kelly was good at homeland security, then it reminds me sort of, i don't know if you're old enough to remember but when nixon dealt with the north vietnam he's or the russians or the arab countries during the i don't mean kip pur war it was sort of obvious to us, but kissinger was the good cop and he'd go to all these entities and say you know what? nixon is just out of control. he may bomb at christmas. he may go into deaf con 3. who knows what he's capable of. and then they said well, can you calm him down. >> but if trump is playing back up, what happens when the good cops don't know the script? >> have you heard from diplomats around the world looking for clarity, looking for someone who interpret this man? >> constantly, constantly because there's a disconnect
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between what they're hearing from the secretary of state, the secretary of defense or ambassador and what the president's communicating himself. and they're all trying to figure out which end is up. what's the policy? what are we supposed to believe. and it is a source of confusion. >> i've heard defenders say he's tweeting crazy like a fox of the he wants to keep people off balance. >> and that might be good in the real estate market. it's not good with the president of france or the prime minister of the united kingdom. to have the world's most powerful nation be seen as inconsistent, unpredictable and unpreliable, that's not a business advantage. >> so what worries me is 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? so -- and then as a historian i say to myself, well, madness is not always a disadvantage in diplomacy. some of the people who act the
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craziest have been very successful. >> but for those who prefer strategy over wishful thinking, is there any way to get this man to change his ways? t-mobile's unlimited now includes netflix on us. that's right, netflix on us. get four unlimited lines for just forty bucks each.
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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 novak came out of is he collusion to appear at the 2014 os cars. having a real hard time watching the academy awards, trump 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 novak 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 a bit and
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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 ask 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? >> map, it's kind of crazy. we have a new -- we have a twitter president. i wish he would tweet less. >> is it a risky way to communicate? >> in a summer poll, seven in ten americans told skrin that twitter is a risky way for a president to communicate. but there are many supporters who disagree. >> he quite reasonably, in my opinion, said no, i'm just going to keep tweeting. i'm going to be a tweeting president, and you're going to get used to it. and you know what? i love it. every time he tweets, i am
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entertained. sometimes i'm informed. it tells me what to care about today. it tells me what he's thinking. it's transparent. sometimes it's provocative. sometimes it's too provocative. i like that too. i like the honesty of it. >> you're entertained. >> that is not a small thing. >> is there any circumstance under which you'd suspend the president's account. >> we want to mack sure we hold all of our accounts to the same terms of service, but ultimately we want to make sure we're guiding everyone towards better usage of the platform. >> it is twitter policy to suspend users for abuse and they have shut down fake accounts, retweeted by the president. like the white house, twitter declined our request for an interview. but in january my colleague lower seeing eljack dorsey on whether they would ever intervene. >> so that's a yes or a no. >> we're always going to work with all our accounts and all people using our platform to
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make sure they're using it in healthy wads and to guide towards more positive impact. >> but among those who see real value in his tweets is a man who disagrees with almost all of them. >> so your twitter bile, patriotic america, proud american, band by putin, fired by trump. >> it's a good bumper sticker, huh? >> he once ran one of the most elite crime fighting teams in america, investigators wielding subpoenas and grand juries. >> we will 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, it's the only option. i started a personal twitter account by happenstance a few
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days before i got fired not expecting to be fired. >> as the top u.s. toerp for new york's southern district, trump tower was part of his watch. and at first he thought he would keep it, even though he had once worked as chief counsel to top democrat chuck schumer. >> he asked me to stay, implored me to stay, in fact. >> and then he called you, a couple times. >> he called me a few times. unclear why to shoot the breeze, which is unusual. >> yeah. >> the number of times that president obama called me was zero. >> after he told the president's secretary that accepting another call would be inappropriate, he was asked to resign, along with dozens of other obama appoint tease. fairly standard after a change in the white house. but he refused and used twitter to let the world know it. >> so was that easy for you? was it liber ating? >> i don't know if it was liber ating and i've heard some other
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people remark i'm a different guy. i'm not a different guy. when you're acting on behalf of the united states government as opposed to being a private citizen, something that the president himself doesn't seem to feel. >> so many of his defenders say, well, you've got to take it in sum total. this is donald, this is twitter. the rules are different. we take him seriously but not literally. what do you think of that? >> he's the president of the united states. what the president says matters. it's probably the purest suggestion of what is in his mind and what his intentions and wants are. and if some of those things are to retrikt the free press, if some of those things are to make congress less democratic, if some of those things are to make the president autocratic, then in some ways there's an argument that those tweets matter more than anything else. >> how do you think his tweets
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should be regarded as a piece of american history? >> i think that that is 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 elittest insiders in washington, d.c. who support the status quo and the status quo in 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. >> there's always been establishment. and there's 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 be a little more careful, but they're going to be using twitter or the grandson of
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twitter, the next ge n. >> when he uses twitter to push policy or take credit for economic 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 houl, but he's not tweeting to them. he's playing straight to the base, and they love it. >> i love it. >> i love what he does. >> it least you outed and you don't like it because it leaves you out. >>up, i think that that 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 at people, who hit back at him. >> to me i love his tweets. i actually can't wait to walk up in the morning to see them. starts a chain reaction... ...that's heard throughout the connected business world. at&t network security helps protect business,
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abraham lincoln would probably not be electable today because of television. he was not a handsome man and 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 mount rushmore win an election
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now and how would lincoln play on twitter? oh, this is a good thread. with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness and the right as god gives us to see the rights, let us strive on to 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 or fan, to do all which may achieve and 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, it can be used to harm or heal, to create or destroy, is and with all tools, it all comes down to the person holding it. >> with the exception of the late great abraham lincoln, i
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can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. that i can tell you. xxxx. breaking news, the president speaking to a cheering crowd in alabama tonight. this is cnn tonight. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. the president apparently has russia on his mind much listen. >> just in case you are curious, no, russia did not help me. okay? >> and he is doubling down on his rocket man rhetoric. >> we can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over