When the US ruling class runs on tweets

What will historians in future make of US policymaking as they wade through the deluge of text, both serious and trivial?

The US is now a government of the Twitter, by the Twitter and for the Twitter. At least that is how it felt at the end of a week in which President Donald Trump used the social communications medium and was used by it in ways that the founders never would have envisioned.

While Twitter as a direct line to, well, everyone has been a hallmark of the Trump presidency, his persistent and increasing use of it over the last several days has reached new and truly bizarre levels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'When the US ruling class runs on tweets'. Print Edition | Subscribe