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.”
The lesson: if you aim for the Trump on Twitter, don’t miss, or else you may join this list of celebrities blocked by Trump on Twitter. Tweet wisely, friends.
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
VoteVets is an organization that “represent(s) over 500K progressive veterans, military families, & supporters.” Yet even the voice of a half million veterans can be silenced by POTUS with one click.
Trump took his Twitter battles to faraway galaxies when he blocked Commander Deanna Troi, Marina Sirtis. A mere six minutes after Ms. Sirtis tweeted:
@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
Model and “high quality person” Chrissy Teigen felt the Wrath of Trump after daring to write “lol no one likes you.”
After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him “lol no one likes you” was the straw pic.twitter.com/MhZ6bXT1Dp
“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.”
“Anti-doping advocate, cyclist, author & speaker” Joe Papp criticized Trump for not showing up to his own rally:
— Joe Papp (@joepabike) June 3, 2017And joined the List of the Blocked:
— Joe Papp (@joepabike) June 4, 2017
Donald Trump’s disdain for journalists is well documented. When Lauren Wolfe took the president to task for misquoting London mayor Sadiq Khan, she joined many of her peers in the Presidential Dog House. Per Wired:
“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.”
For the inconceivable sin of tweeting:
Trump is the funniest example of why you should always be nice to the makeup lady.
— 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.
— sherahViVa™ (@sherahViVa) September 1, 2017
— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) June 2, 2017Even if it was an ice cream reference that got him into the club:
— 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:
— ROSIE (@Rosie) July 24, 2017
Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore learned the price of honesty first hand:
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) June 4, 2017Within one day, he got an Official Presidential Block:
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) June 5, 2017
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly
#MarchForTruth organizer, Grammy-losing songwriter and self-proclaimed foul-mouthed moderate Holly Figueroa O’Reilly ran afoul of President Trump:
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:
Sivvr (a self-described “creative media agency”) co-founder AJ Joshi found out an emoji and gif can have dire consequences.
I guess “Making America Great Again” means destroying the world. �� pic.twitter.com/a8T0FzXXa5
— AJ Joshi (@AJ) June 2, 2017A mere twelve hours later…
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