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Decoding man-child Donald Trump's Twitter game in 4 words: I. You. Great. Trump

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 7 November 2016, 17:47 IST

Make America Great Again. These are the immortal words of the slogan that presumptive US Republican presidency candidate Donald J Trump has chosen for his campaign. Immortal and ironical.

Before his sudden great conviction in his great ability to run a formerly great country, Donald Trump was a millionaire businessman who loved himself, women, exaggerating his supposed net worth, running real estate businesses to the ground, and passing inane comments about the world. In that order.

Today, it would be fair to say that Trump's ideology has changed. He is now a millionaire businessman who loves himself, exaggerates about his net worth, trash talks about women, Mexico, Muslims, immigrants and global warming. In that order.

In 2006, he sued a journalist for saying he was worth about $150- 250 million, and not $ 4 billion as he often claimed. Not that it would truly matter to a Trumpster, but Donald-of-the-flossy-hair, lost.

He also admitted in the court deposition that his net worth is directly proportional to the current state of the market, "general attitude at the time that the question may be asked" and his "own feelings". Because "you wouldn't tell a reporter you're doing poorly".

Obviously. Especially not when deep down you know how truly great you are.

Often when people are in love, they lose perspective. They lose the ability to think or communicate coherently. They can talk of nothing but their beloved. And Trump, as we know is deeply and irrevocably in love. With himself.

Therefore, it is hardly surprising that he talks incessantly about himself. His entire campaign has been about how great he is, how ObamaHillaryRubioCruzSandersBushRomneyKelly are "sad" and how normal-sized his hands and penis happen to be.

But Politico realises that there are still some people in this world who need to be convinced that the man cannot truly see beyond himself. Analysing Trump's Twitter feed since its birth in 2009, this is what the media outlet discovered:

Trump hearts Trump

Unlike other presidential candidates Trump isn't inclusive. Some of the most used words: I, you, great, Trump (because which normal human being doesn't refer to himself in the third person?), he, @realdonaldtrump.

His other favourite words include: winner, failed, worst, nasty, loser, bad, stupid.

In other words: the man is a wordsmith.

Certain words Trump all others

There are certain words in Trump's vocabulary which are more loved than others.

For instance, the word 'great' has shown up in his feed 32 times more than anything else. His other great love is his daughter Ivanka Trump who has shown up five times more than anyone else and often in the same sentence as 'great'.

So to break it down for you:

  • Ivanka Trump + Great = 5x
  • Light-weight + Marco Rubio = 47x
  • Hillary Clinton + Weak = 5x
  • Mitt Romney + Failed = 9x
  • Megyn Kelly + Crazy = 8x

China is his favourite place. Not Mexico

Pick up that jaw off the floor, please.

With an astonishing 309 mentions, China wins the race to become Trump's favourite country to talk about. Despite that wall he keeps going on about, Mexico was only mentioned 74 times.

Are you crying, Mexicans?

Any publicity is good publicity

Love him (wut?) or hate him, you cannot simply ignore him. Thanks to Trump's supporters and the rest of the world hating on him, Donald J Trump's Twitter mentions have shot through the imaginary Twittarati roof.

The weekly mentions have hit the 6 million mark in April 2016. According to Politico, 46% discussed his immigration policies, 29% spoke about his foreign policies while 12% discussed how he intends to manage taxes.

If there ever was a time to be scared about this potential inspiration for Tweety Bird, it is now. There is a very real danger of Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States of America and imposing his 'greatness' upon the rest of us as well.

Be scared. Be very scared.


Edited by Abha Srivastava

First published: 10 May 2016, 13:44 IST