But lately, and especially with regard to Robert Mueller's special council investigation, the president has embraced his inner troll. Consider how Trump spent his Wednesday morning.
The picture depicts a series of people behind bars in prison – including special advocate Mueller, former President Barack Obama and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – with the words: "Now that Russian collusion is a proven lie, when do trials for treason begin? "writes through the picture.
The common denominator of all these Trump activities on Twitter? Conservative troll work. All these notions – that the Mueller probe is illegal and that the people involved in its training must be imprisoned, the false assertion regarding the type of public help that an undocumented immigrant can receive, the implicit tolerance of racism by Democratic politicians – – It's been a while now that I jostle around the marshes of feverish Internet conservative.
So, why does Trump use his immense power on social networks to send tweets to the same rights and other ephemera of the dark depths of the Internet? Because, well, that's who he is. He believes he is the victim of a group of anonymous elites who have mocked him all his life in his hands, who have overthrown the power and tried to make him lose the importance.
The presidency and his Twitter account – and, yes, I think he believes them of equal importance – allow Trump to level the playing field and make his enemies feel the force of his anger. That everything that aims to defeat your enemies is not presidential or that the kind of behavior that each of us teach our children does not concern Trump. He does it because it feels good and because he thinks it works.
"FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others that I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media, continue to WIN! "
Which, honestly, says it all. Donald Trump is a president who acts like a troll on the Internet. He finds nuggets, shapes them as he pleases and then shares them. Facts, context and equity are secondary concerns, if they are.
The big difference between Trump and your average internet troll? He has 56 million followers. Which makes what it does very, very dangerous.