At 35,000 tweets and counting, Donald Trump has forever altered America’s political landscape, 140 characters at a time. He’s also made his share of digital enemies, who’ve mocked his garish lifestyle, his inability to keep his cabinet members employed, and the overall WTF nature of his presidency.
So, what does the most powerful man in the world do when attacked on Twitter? Nothing less than the “modern day presidential” equivalent of taking his ball home and refusing to play. He blocks detractors without discrimination; the list of famous people Donald Trump has blocked on Twitter pales in comparison to the list of regular citizens on his do not play list. From the Boston Globe:
“He has blocked people like Angela Belcamino, a New York actress who insulted the president’s golf game in August. (And) Eugene Gu, a surgeon resident in Tennessee… was blocked for mocking the president’s penchant for misspellings.”
Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 13, 2017Apparently, comparing the Twitterer-in-Chief to Voldemort has its consequences.
Populist demagogues like He Who Must Not Be Named aren’t a new thing; see THE DEAD ZONE, published 37 years ago.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 15, 2016Worry not: JK Rowling came to her fellow author’s rescue.
I still have access. I’ll DM them to you. https://t.co/MhibEYDBTg
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2017And now, Trump is not allowed to spend quality time with Pennywise the Clown.
Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter. I am hereby blocking him from seeing IT or MR. MERCEDES. No clowns for you, Donald. Go float yourself.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 25, 2017
The Commander in Chief can block @VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced. pic.twitter.com/SaCN5hKU9R
— VoteVets (@votevets) June 13, 2017But you can still support their important cause at votevets.org.
@realDonaldTrump threatening to go to WAR to deflect from Russiagate!! Willing to let our boys die to save his sorry ass!
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) May 9, 2017She learned the President reads his fan mail in real time and reacts accordingly.
I’ve been blocked by our Prez !!
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) May 9, 2017
After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him “lol no one likes you” was the straw pic.twitter.com/MhZ6bXT1Dp
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 25, 2017Unlike other victims of the dreaded #TrumpBlock, Ms. Teigen’s ban was a long time coming. From her interview with People:
“I have been very anti-Trump since The Apprentice, like when it first started, so it didn’t start during the presidency like everyone thinks. This goes pretty deep. And I don’t even follow him so I’m definitely fine being blocked. There’s just this part of me that’s so happy that he had to actually do that.”
Why didn’t you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir? #fakeleader
— Joe Papp (@joepabike) June 3, 2017And joined the List of the Blocked:
a @POTUS so mentally weak & intolerant of dissent he blocks US citizens critical of his policies from even reading his latest pronouncements pic.twitter.com/MjLuMUPqBD
— Joe Papp (@joepabike) June 4, 2017
“On June 4, Trump mangled the Mayor of London’s words in tweet accusing Sadiq Khan as saying there is ‘no reason to be alarmed’ in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack. Wolfe, much like everyone else on Twitter, decided to correct Trump:
What Khan in fact said: There was ‘no reason to be alarmed’ by an increased, armed police presence. You know no bounds. Liar. A politician twisting words to create fear and garner control – that’s fascism.’
In the face of these accusations of fascism, Trump did the only reasonable thing: He stuck his fingers firmly in his ears and yelped until the bad words went away.”
Hahahahahaha YOU GUYS pic.twitter.com/nCo68OcwEs
— Lauren Wolfe (@Wolfe321) June 5, 2017Her response on CNN.com is epic: “President Trump, unblock me and all the other citizen voices you have shut down. It’s my First Amendment right to be heard in the public forum of your Twitter feed.”
Trump is the funniest example of why you should always be nice to the makeup lady.
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 28, 2017Jimmy Kimmel Live writer Bess Kalb got shut down by POTUS.
OH. MY. EFFING. GOD.
The President of the United States just blocked me on Twitter because I hurt his feelings. #MAGApic.twitter.com/oB5zTAs7In
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 29, 2017Ms Kalb might not have the name recognition of Stephen King, but discovered Donald Trump’s mini fingers block all tweeters equally.
But her reason for being blocked by Trump warrants inclusion on this list.
So, here is the tweet that got me #BlockedByTrump ��
Can’t really believe it. I’m a nobody. Is he really that thin skinned? ��#FridayFeelingpic.twitter.com/qj1uMVq8hg
Tonight I am honored to join an elite club … #BlockedByTrump. Apparently, I hurt the feelings of the “leader of the free world”. SAD! pic.twitter.com/yQGyt2yBJE
— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) June 2, 2017Even if it was an ice cream reference that got him into the club:
I heard #covfefe is a new flavor from Ben & Jerry’s. But it’s mostly just nuts! #ParisAgreement#ParisAccord
— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) June 2, 2017
“Trump is ‘not a self-made man’ but a ‘snake-oil salesman on Little House On The Prairie… ‘[He] left the first wife – had an affair. [He] had kids both times, but he’s the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend.’
Trump fired back at the comedian and told People O’Donnell is “a real loser” and “a woman out of control,” while declaring, about O’Donnell claiming Trump declared bankruptcy:
“You can’t make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements — and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.’ ”
Her Twitter block was far less shocking than how long it took to happen:
awww @realdonaldtrump – i get it – its too tough to read the truth … poor baby – i understand don – u take care of u – friend #BLOCKED pic.twitter.com/EQxnZarnhE
— ROSIE (@Rosie) July 24, 2017
I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) June 4, 2017Within one day, he got an Official Presidential Block:
INSANITY!! – The @POTUS @realdonaldtrump can’t take my tweets criticizing his reign, so they BLOCKED me ���� I have a theory about this (1of8) pic.twitter.com/KcW7JdFpd8
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) June 5, 2017
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly
Who says Trump doesn’t read our tweets? ������ pic.twitter.com/SQ8mb06InR
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 29, 2017In response to her posting a Pope eye-roll:
This is pretty much how the whole world sees you.#AMJoy#SundayMorningpic.twitter.com/CycqYnKg8b
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 28, 2017But she who laughs last, laughs best. Ms. O’Reilly’s shared her story of presidential blocking with CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Time.
I guess “Making America Great Again” means destroying the world. �� pic.twitter.com/a8T0FzXXa5
— AJ Joshi (@AJ) June 2, 2017A mere twelve hours later…
Trump is blocking everyone who disagrees with him in an attempt to silence them, I’m the latest…
You’ll need to follow me for updates pic.twitter.com/gsuRzwEDmE— AJ Joshi (@AJ) June 4, 2017And kudos to Mr Joshi for snagging the Twitter handle “AJ.” Impressive.