Donald Trump tweets disdain, then ‘love’ for protesters’ passion

Donald Trump, who rode his social-media popularity all the way to the White House, may be the first true Twitter president.

His account, with its 14 million-plus followers, is more than a tool to make announcements and solicit support. It’s his ongoing live chat with the public. He wields it as a weapon when he’s unhappy. It’s a window into his thoughts, feelings and personality — and in the case of the past several hours, his flip-flops.

Thursday night, he denounced the protests that are happening around the nation in response to his election as president of the United States, calling them “unfair.” Nine hours later, he professed to “love” the protesters’ passion.

Trump’s first tweet criticizing the protests has inspired a look back at his tweets from 2012 — some of which have been deleted but live on in news articles — when President Obama was re-elected after defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Trump said the election was a sham, and called for a “revolution.”

One tweet, dated Nov. 6, 2012: “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided.”

About 15 minutes later, he tweeted: “The electoral college is a disaster for democracy.”

This time around, Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton appears to have won the popular vote. Trump’s victory came courtesy of the Electoral College.


Photo: Donald Trump. (Seth Wenig/AP)


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