As the examples above demonstrate, Trump has developed a distinct social-media syntax involving short sentences and punchy punctuation. One of the defining characteristics of a Trump tweet is the exclamation point, often delivered at the end of a one- or two-word utterance.
Consider this: Between Jan. 20 and March 31, the @realDonaldTrump account published 357 tweets. Nearly 60 percent of those tweets contained an exclamation point!
Compare that with tweets published over the same time period in the prior year by Trump's predecessor, @BarackObama. Obama published tweets at just one-tenth the rate of Trump — 37 of them over that period. Only eight of those tweets, or 22 percent of them, contained an exclamation point.
Trump's exclamation points, by contrast, frequently appear in insults (“FAKE NEWS!"), threats (“I will send in the Feds!") and complaints (“If the people of our great country could only see how viciously and inaccurately my administration is covered by certain media!").
Trump's exclamation points also have accompanied decades-old cultural references ("NOT!"), cryptic exhortations (“EASY D!") and straight-up falsehoods (“President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!").
But in one small way, Trump has altered his Twitter style since taking office. He used to frequently send out tweets containing two (!!), three(!!!), four (!!!!) and up to 15 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) exclamation points at a time. That practice, interestingly enough, came screeching to a halt January 20, suggesting, perhaps, a conscious effort to tone down the exuberance and appear more “presidential.”
The chart below shows tallies from Trump's entire Twitter career, which began May 4, 2009, with, appropriately enough, an exclamation point.
Many voters and political allies of Trump see his Twitter habit as a liability. Seventy percent of voters, including 45 percent of Republicans, view his Twitter use as "reckless and distracting.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is “not a fan of the daily tweets.”
Trump himself foresaw these difficulties. Less than a year ago, he told supporters he'd stop tweeting once he became president.
“You know, I tweeted today, @realDonaldTrump. I tweet,” he told a crowd in Warwick, R.I. “Don’t worry, I’ll give it up after I’m president. We won’t tweet anymore. I don’t know. Not presidential.”
Below, I've compiled every sentence ending in an exclamation point tweeted out by Trump since Jan. 20. Enjoy!