Monday, February 05, 2018

Trump, the Ayatollah and the Wizard Of Oz

by Amir Taheri
The Twitter following of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fell from 2.2 million on January 1st to just over 960,000 on January 25.
In his first year as President, Donald J Trump has been credited and more often blamed for numerous things. His admirers credit him with the 32 per cent rise in the stock market and the lowest unemployment rate since the halcyon days of the 1950s.

As for his detractors, well, you know, they blame him for everything they don't like under the sun.

Trump, however, has his barometer of success: the number of followers attracted to his Twitter account.

At a dinner party in his Florida watering hole a few weeks ago, Trump told a friend that his aim was to have at least 100 million Twitter followers by the end of his first term.

Echoing his controversial "my button is bigger than Kim Jung-un's" quip, he also boasted that no political leader came anywhere near him, as far as the number of Twitter followers was concerned.

Do political leaders worry about how many Twitter followers they have?

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