In retrospect it’s hard to believe that it was something of a big deal when Barack Obama made history by being the first president to send a tweet.
Things could get awkward in January, though. Who gets custody of the @POTUS account? It’ll never happen, but it’s fun to think of Donald Trump taking over the handle and in the process retrofitting his profile photo next to every one of President Obama’s tweets. “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really!”
For her part, Melania Trump said (again) in an interview Monday that she’s told her husband to stop tweeting, but he’s an adult and aware of the consequences.
He knows the consequences! https://t.co/RQoy14C2HS
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 18, 2016
Melania Trump just said that she gave Donald advice to stop tweeting things and he won't listen lol
— Mel (@mel11ism) October 18, 2016
Melania on being asked if she told Trump to stop tweeting: He's a grown man. I tell him to stop. I give him many advices.
— RISE UP WORKING CLASS (@AFlyBlackCommie) October 18, 2016
One thing can be said about Trump and his tweets: unlike a certain presidential candidate and her emails, he’s not so fond of the delete function, which has given his opponents plenty of damning material from long before he declared his intention to run.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has said again and again that Trump’s quick Twitter temper shows he can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes, and his retweet of an unflattering photo of Ted Cruz’s wife likely inspired Cruz’s famous boo-inspiring non-endorsement at the Republican National Convention.
Critics say Melania Trump’s claim that her husband is an adult doesn’t square with her take that he was egged on into “dirty boy” talk by Billy Bush.
Melania says "He's an adult. He knows the consequences" when it comes to Trump's tweeting, but yet she blames Billy Bush for the bus.
— Laurie Crosswell (@lauriecrosswell) October 18, 2016
Melania Trump on Donald Trump's tweeting: "He's an adult."
Melania Trump on Donald Trump's awful comments: "It's kind of two teenage boys."
— Michael Kozlowski (@mikozlowski) October 18, 2016
— HollyMDavis (@hollymdavis) October 18, 2016
Did her TV appearance help humanize her husband, or did it just give critics more ammunition to use against him? It didn’t seem to help her case that Melania saw her mission as first lady to tackle online bullying.
Melania Trump: “The social media is very damaging for the children.”
Elephant in the room: Her husband is partly responsible for this.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) October 18, 2016
— Pili Tobar (@pilitobar87) October 18, 2016
"Melania has said that 'the tweeting' is the one thing she wished her husband would stop doing." The only one? https://t.co/ATvdzpObRc
— Strobe Talbott (@strobetalbott) October 17, 2016
The consequences might not be so awful if they didn't include another Clinton in the WH.
— DJGOLDEN (@FREE_REMARKS) October 18, 2016