[Commentary] Donald Trump Is Trending On Twitter Again — But He’s Probably Not Enjoying It
During his tenure on Twitter, especially the years he was a presidential candidate and then in office, Donald Trump was a defining feature of Twitter. However, he wasn’t always happy about his ‘trending’ status. Now that he’s out of office, he’s trending again for President’s Day. However, if someone with a functioning account is showing him the tweets, he may not be enjoying it.
Trump accused Twitter last year of faking trends when a certain characterization of him went viral on the site. Now, he’s trending on President’s Day, but while a lot of the posts are from his fans who wish he was still in office, a click on his name as a trending topic also brings up a lot of things the former officeholder might prefer not to face.
For one thing, there’s the most obvious — his Twitter ban, which means he can’t respond to anything posted. He can’t retweet any of the more flattering posts of the day.
My favorite part of Presidents Day is Donald J. Trump is trending on Twitter and he can’t respond because he is banned from Twitter.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 15, 2021
Also, while the Senate voted not to hold him accountable for the January 6th insurrection attempt, a significant portion of the American public still holds out hope for consequences.
It's time for a criminal investigation into Donald J Trump
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 15, 2021
Donald J Trump lied saying that he saw people in New Jersey cheering for a terrorist attack on 9/11.
There is video of his family dancing to "Gloria" and cheering on a terrorist attack on January 6.
— JRehling (@JRehling) February 15, 2021
Today would be the perfect day to arrest Donald J. Trump.#PresidentsDay
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 15, 2021
Happy President's Day Joe Biden.
Happy Subpoena Day Donald J Trump.
— Renee Libby 🇺🇸 (@ReneeAlida) February 15, 2021
On Presidents Day, Donald J trump will forever be remembered as the seditious traitor who was twice impeached and the worst person to ever occupy the White House, because only WINNERS get to write history.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 15, 2021
If you agree with me that Officer Sicknick’s family should file a wrongful death lawsuit against Donald J. Trump, then raise your hand.
— Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) February 15, 2021
Of course, as always, he’s also being mocked roundly by numerous posters, including for the failures of his defense team during his second impeachment trial.
Donald J. Trump is interviewing lawyers for all his upcoming criminal investigations. pic.twitter.com/i3tlWW9p6S
— Marty & mom 🐶😺❄️❤️🌨 (@colleengrott) February 15, 2021
Wishing Donald J Trump a Happy Presidents Day is like wishing Ted Bundy a Happy Valentines Day.
— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@DeathMetalV) February 15, 2021
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) February 15, 2021
It’s certainly not the first time Donald Trump has been unhappy about Twitter content related to him. He’s even tried, when he was in office, to use legislation to punish social media companies for correcting his own false information. Still, tending on President’s Day with lots of negative feedback and commentary is another blow to the ego.