After President Trump’s controversial Tuesday morning retweets — he shared and then quickly deleted two posts, one showing a “Trump train” running over a CNN reporter and another from a right-wing conspiracy theorist — we figured it was worth a look at what the oft-tweeting POTUS sees when he dives into his Twitter feed.
What he sees, through his 140-character-count portal, is a world that looks full of Trump support.
First of all, he doesn’t follow too many people, relative to his massive following. Trump has 45 accounts that he follows, compared with his own 35.9 million followers.
Strikingly, the majority of the accounts that he follows are those of loyalists who work or had worked for him and properties he owns. Top White House staffers Kellyanne Conway and Dan Scavino are on the list, as is former campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Vice President Pence. So is his personal attorney Michael Cohen. (Getting ousted from Trumpworld doesn’t prompt an unfollow — it’s nice to see that he didn’t defriend former chief of staff Reince Priebus or campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.)
He gets regular updates from the Trump Organization, which offers a stream of plucked-from-a-travel-magazine pictures of various Trump properties (sample tweet: “Monday morning has never looked better” along with a panoramic Central Park view from his Manhattan hotel). He also follows individual properties, from the Trump International Hotel in Waikiki to the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.
— Trump Organization (@Trump) August 14, 2017
He follows members of his family, including all his adult children, all of whom frequently post glowing sentiments and sharp-elbowed defenses of dear old dad, as well as daughters-in-law Vanessa and Lara Trump, who do the same (no Jared, but it looks as if the son-in-law doesn’t use the Twitters, though he has an account).
And when it comes to his media feed, Trump follows hosts and accounts related to Trump-friendly Fox News. Hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Jesse Watters all earned a POTUS follow, as did the Fox Nation account and that of reportedly his favorite show, “Fox and Friends.”
The list is rounded out by a handful of celebs from the entertainment, sports and business worlds, all avowed Trump supporters, including actress Roma Downey, conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, wrestling promoter Vince McMahon, and YouTube stars Diamond and Silk, whose Twitter bio identifies them as “President Donald J Trump’s Most Outspoken & Loyal Supporters.”
It’s also clear from Trump’s retweets that he spends a good amount of time checking out his “mentions,” where he’s likely to see plenty of fawning messages and defenses of his attacks on the “fake news” media.
Much has been made about Trump’s offline positive-feedback loop — from surrounding himself with loyalists, to holding rallies, to that folder full of positive cable news chyrons and flattering photos of himself that he reportedly receives twice a day. But it’s online, too, and it seems that even a critic with the most barbed of tweets wouldn’t be able to puncture that bubble.