I have chosen to analyze ten tweets that use the “#trump” hashtag, as I believe they collectively bring to light one of social media’s most important purposes –promoting conversation. First of all, Donald Trump’s campaign for presidency has undoubtedly been continuously prominent in the media for some time now. He is most definitely controversial, and that is why searching hashtags surrounding him will surely reveal conversations or messages. The tweets I have chosen show that there are very opposing sides to the Donald Trump campaign. As shown by the tweets below, some are clearly using social media as a way to grieve and vent about the kinds of things Trump is advocating for, some are using it to support him, and some are using it as a kind of comedic relief.
Trump also has a history of insulting women and minority groups on various occasions. However, it seems that some women that have worked alongside Trump are coming out and saying in a workplace environment, he is extremely pro-women. It just goes to show the kinds of opposing viewpoints there are about Donald Trump, his campaign and what he stands for. Social media and specifically Twitter in this case, are providing a powerful medium for all of these opinions and viewpoints to curate and stand next to one another.
If we stopped taking care of illegals and the rest of the worlds scum, we could give our veterans a well deserved new home and a car! #Trump
— josh cornett (@therealcornett) November 30, 2015
— Aunty Money (@AuntyMoney) November 30, 2015
— TBI/PTSD/22+1❤️TRUMP (@BOSSYtxmar55) November 29, 2015
— Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) November 29, 2015
— Carpe Diem (@PattonDivision) November 27, 2015
#TRUMP says he'll unite the Nation & make it great once again..then attacks Women, Blacks, Gays, Hispanics, Muslims, Asians, Syrians, etc!!
— Michael Terry (@mterry337) November 30, 2015
#Trump lovers are next to me at the airport. I just asked them which detailed policy proposal of his they most admire. [Silence]. Anyone?
— cory michael smith (@mister_CMS) November 29, 2015
— TrumpNewsChannel (@TNCTrumpNews) November 25, 2015
— Willie Bobo (@bobo_willie) November 25, 2015
— Anna Goodson (@AnnaGoodson) November 24, 2015