Headlines about President Trump’s Phoenix speech on Tuesday night said he "ranted and rambled," was "angry and unbridled," and "lashed out." But according to the Twitter accounts followed by Trump, his speech was a huge success.
Trump shd give a national a big rally speech every week. The ashen faces on cable this morning tell you how successful it was. Very.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 23, 2017
The president is followed on Twitter by 36.6 million accounts, yet he only follows 45. My colleague Philip Bump created @trumps_feed as a way to see the tweets that cross the president's screen. It's a feed worth following for what it reveals: a world in which Trump triumphs and his opponents are losers.
On Wednesday morning, Trump's feed touted luxurious properties of the Trump Organization, stoked fears about undocumented immigrants and focused on the controversy over ESPN's decision to bench Asian-American announcer Robert Lee from the University of Virginia football game. Missing from the feed: stories about protests outside the president's rally or concerns about his crumbling relationship with Congress.
As Bump pointed out, nine of the Twitter accounts Trump follows are related to his private businesses. Seven are family members. Many of the rest are Fox News personalities, people connected to the Apprentice TV show, or Trump staffers (and a growing number of former staffers such as Reince Priebus).
The president said in Phoenix that he relies on Fox News, which he said treats him fairly, and credited social media with his political success. That underscores the significance and influence of the 45 accounts he follows on Twitter: They are informing the views of the president of the United States.