Almost every supposedly informed prediction about President
He did not tweet his way out of the Republican nomination. Spontaneous social media messaging did not lose Trump the general election race with
Instead, Trump's tweets have not just bypassed the mostly progressive media but sent it into a tizzy. In near-suicidal fashion, networks such as
Trump has often bragged that having a large following on social media -- he has more than 44 million Twitter followers and connects with millions more via Facebook and Instagram -- is "like having your own newspaper."
He has a point.
While the media goes ballistic over Trump's inflammatory Twitter attacks on "fake news," the vast majority of Trump's electronic messaging simply reports on his daily activities and various agendas.
Trump has created a Twitter empire with a reach that far exceeds the combined subscriber base of
Almost all of the people who have climbed into the Twitter ring with Trump -- from
Trump has proven far better than seasoned journalists and ego-driven celebrities at creating go-for-the-jugular putdowns of 240 characters or less.
Trump's stream-of-conscious Twitter observations have sometimes proved eerily prescient. He tweeted warnings about the dangers of illegal immigration shortly before the tragic murder of
Why, then, should Trump ever consider pruning back his controversial tweets or confining them to the reportage of his daily achievements, in the manner of every other mostly boring politician?
Because personal dueling with journalists, celebrities and politicians is not only becoming superfluous, but it is now distracting Trump's audiences from a growing record of achievement.
Nine months ago, critics left and right were writing off Trump as an irrelevant buffoon without a clue of what to do in the
Not now. Trump's
Abroad, the Trump national security team has recalibrated
Republican politicians once grumbled about the utopian
Prior to 2017, conventional economic wisdom dictated that the Dow Jones industrial average would not soon climb above 22,000, that the unemployment rate in peacetime could not fall to 4 percent, and that the GDP could not grow at an annual rate of 3 percent. All those shibboleths have either been blown up or may yet be blown up in 2018.
Trump is no longer written off by the left as a sleepy dud. Instead, he suddenly is being redefined by many of his progressive enemies as a dangerous workaholic and right-wing revolutionary.
In other words, Trump's record speaks louder than his tweets and now transcends his electronic spats.
So why should Trump still care what a minor journalist tweets about him to get much-needed attention? Why does the president need to keep pounding increasingly irrelevant former FBI Director
Trump's record has now transcended his Twitter ankle-biters, who have become ever shriller in seeking attention in the form of a Trump electronic counter-putdown.
In sum, Trump has outgrown the Twitter wars. He should now just declare victory, retire as Twitter champ, hang up his tweeting gloves and leave the slap-down ring for others.