Did Trump Go Too Far on Twitter?

Apparently, Donald Trump was quite angry last night as he watched the presidential election results. He tweeted a series of comments criticizing the president and the electoral process.

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A look at Trump's current Twitter feed shows that he deleted a few tweets, particularly those calling for a revolution. But others, such as calling the election a "travesty" and "disgusting injustice," remain.

In addition to these comments, Trump got into what seems like a one-sided debate with Brian Williams, NBC News Anchor. BloombergBusinessweek highlighted a few of his "taunting comments": 

There's this: "Brian, if I'm ‘well past the last exit to relevance' how come you spent so much time reading my tweets last night?" And this: "Brian-Thanks dummy-I picked up 70,000 twitter followers yesterday alone. Cable News just passed you in the ratings." And this: "Wouldn't you love to have my ratings?" An NBC spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Trump's tweets.

More than 1,800 people have signed a petition encouraging Macy's to drop Trump products from its stores.

In response to criticism, Trump said, "The fact is that there's a large group of people who like Donald Trump and what Donald Trump says. I have no regrets."

Discussion Starters:

  • What's your reaction to Trump's tweets?
  • Why do you think he choose to delete some tweets but not others?
  • Also in response to the criticism, Trump cited his number of followers: almost 2 million. What does it mean to have followers on Twitter? Do you consider this to be a strong defense?