President-elect Donald Trump, who rode his tweets all the way to the White House, told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt that he really doesn’t like to tweet, but does it to combat what he sees as a dishonest media.
“Look, I don’t like tweeting, I have other things I can be doing. But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out.”
Trump added that if the press started treating him fairly, he would stop using Twitter.
“Now if the press were honest, which it’s not, I would absolutely not use Twitter.”
Trump also commented on his spat with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he didn’t see the President-elect as “legitimate,” and that he would be skipping the inauguration for the first time since he’s been in Congress.
“When John Lewis said he’s never done it before where he’s skipped an inauguration — well, he has. It turned out to be a lie, so I’m able to say that. He shouldn’t have said a thing like that. It was terrible. I’m able to say it,” Trump told Earhardt.
Trump was referring to the fact that Lewis skipped George W. Bush’s first inauguration because he didn’t think Bush was the “true elected president,” as reported by The Washington Post on January 21, 2001.
With 20 million followers on Twitter, Trump has an audience that the media can only dream about to get his message out. And he understands that it can be a very effective tool to combat the liberal media’s reporting on him, which scares them to death.
I doubt that Trump will quit Twitter during his presidency—not just because the media will never treat him fairly, but because Twitter, like a lot of social media platforms, is very addicting. Why would he want to quit something when it provides him with the attention of 20 million people?