My Foray Into The Twitter Bots
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My Foray Into The Twitter Bots

I recently saw a tweet with a 15 second clip of Trump walking out of the Oval Office after a press event where he honored and gave the Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable (Olympic Gold Medal Wrestler).  The clip that was shared made it look like the President walked out of the Oval Office without any regard to Dan Gable.  In fact, after the President leaves the room the camera pans back to Dan Gable where he shrugs his shoulders (looking confused) and says "He's gone?"

Here is the original clip within the context of the original tweet:

Original Tweet

MORE CONTEXT

I watched the short 15 second clip and was not surprised that Trump would act (or appear to act) flippant about such a ceremony that wasn't about him - but out of curiosity I wanted to watch the entire clip to get the full context of what exactly happened.  

What I saw was actually different than what was implied by the original tweet.

What I saw was that after Trump honored Gable with the Medal of Freedom he took questions from the Press.  The Press started asking questions about election, Giuliani, etc.  After answering a few questions (I'm not commenting on the accuracy of his statements) he redirects the focus of attention back to Gable.

Here is the quote from the transcript:

"VERY IMPORTANTLY, WE'RE HERE FOR A DIFFERENT REASON. WE'RE HERE TO PRESENT OUR HIGHEST AWARD, OUR HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, REALLY, SOMETHING THAT REALLY SPEAKS TO SUCH INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT, TO A MAN WHO REALLY IS A GREAT MAN, A GREAT FIGURE IN SPORTS. NOT JUST WRESTLE, IN SPORTS. ONE OF OUR GREATEST AT LEES OF ALL TIME. "

Trump then turns to Gable and pats him on the back and says:

"IT'S AN HONOR TO BE WITH YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. "

Trump then turns around and looks at the family and friends behind them and says:

"THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. APPRECIATE IT."

Trump even points at them, smiles, points back and applaudes them.

He then walks out and the Press try to ask him more questions in which he ignores the Press, turns around and thanks the family and Dan again.

Here is the ~45 second clip that provides the best context.

And here is the entire ceremony that takes about 20 minutes in its entirety.

BACK TO TWITTER

After seeing the full context of the ceremony and Trump's exit - I commented on the original tweet, highlighted that it was dishonest and provided a link to the entire ceremony for full context:

My Tweet Response

From here - the story and subsequent tweets devolves into absolute vitriol, personal accusations, attacks, assumptions that I voted for Trump and overall meanness.  Now, I don't really care - this is Twitter afterall and people are entitled to say whatever they want in my opinion.  But what surprised me was the absolute hatred and invective that was aimed at me for posting a dissenting tweet (with a clip for evidence).

I'll post a few of the tweet responses to my tweet:

Tweet Responses 1
Tweet Responses 2
Tweet Responses 3
Twitter Response 4
Twitter Response 6

The most popular response was this tweet which received 78 likes:

Twitter Response 5

What I found fascinating about this entire experience was how personal people became as soon as I posted my dissenting tweet.  The attacks became personal very quickly and people refused to admit that the original tweet was dishonest, well, because "Trump is a self-centered jerk."

I'm not actually defending Trump.  He is a self-centered, narcissistic person.  That wasn't my point.  My point was that Trump didn't just "wander out of his own office."

I know, I shouldn't be so surprised at the responses from Twitter.  Actually, I'm not.

Based on the low follower counts, odd profile pages and date of their accounts I actually think a good portion of those responses were from bots.

Look, I get it.  Trump is unlikable, uncouth, a liar, tacky, rude, narcissistic, etc.  

And if he is all of these things - then there really shouldn't be a need to doctor/clip a video to make it look worse than he already is.