When it comes to technology, Donald Trump isn’t your typical 70-year-old grandpa.
While many politicians delegate their social media tasks to younger, more tech-savvy staffers, Trump is a fast-fingered, sharp-tongued, unbridled tweeting machine.
And too often, his overzealous tweeting has gotten him into trouble.
Trump has waged 140-character wars with everyone from Rosie O’Donnell to the cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” and, according to a CNN poll, more than half of Americans wish Trump would shut down his personal Twitter account.
But on Tuesday night, incoming White House adviser Kellyanne Conway defended the president-elect’s Twitter usage to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers.
Meyers asked Conway:
“It seems like you have to go on the press constantly, and it seems like one of the things you have to do is defend or explain what the president-elect has said on Twitter. Wouldn’t it be great for you personally if he tweeted a little bit less?”
“No, actually, the answer is no. I think his Twitter platform, like his social media platforms in general, Seth, they combine 45 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and it’s his way to communicate directly with the people.”
Conway then stated why she believes the media hates Trump’s Twitterings:
“The press doesn’t like it because he does an end run around them, and it’s a democratization of information. You don’t have to wait for some journalist — some anti-Trump journalist — to curate the information.”
Conway then went on to praise what she calls the “Trump Effect” and linked Trump’s tweeting to several companies deciding to keep jobs out of Mexico.