After a week in which a Donald Trump tweet about Ted Cruz and his wife launched what must, by now, be a thousand semi-seemly and utterly unseemly stories, Trump told the viewers of ABC News' "This Week" that if elected he'll be a little more circumspect on social media.
“I’m not going to be doing it very much as president,” Trump said. “I will say, uh, you know, I will — I will act in the best interests of our country. I will act to protect our country, whether that’s counterpunching or not.”
Of course, first Trump explained how many people follow his every post, dispatch and insult via Twitter and Instagram. Then, he said that despite his appreciation for both platforms, as president he would probably have to use social media less often.
Astute viewers no doubt noted that Trump put no specific limits on his social media use. Instead, Trump left himself ample room to continue making use of inflammatory social media postings. Since Trump's campaign began in June, he has retweeted and dispatched original ideas which question the professionalism, ability and ethics of a female reporter who posed for alluring photos, falsely claimed that most white Americans who become murder victims are killed by black Americans and implied that Univision, the leading Spanish-language network in the United States, is not part of the nation's free press but rather, controlled by the Mexican government.
The list does go on. In fact, it's so long that the New York Times compiled this partial guide in early March. The headline read, "The 202 People, Place and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter."
Trump has also put those same skills and habits to impressive use off line, branding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush "low energy," Sen. Marco Rubio "little" and worryingly sweaty and Cruz a Machiavellian character capable of dastardly deeds. Both Bush and Rubio, men once expected to claim the Republican presidential nomination, have since dropped out of the race.