The most significant, demented, politically effective tweets from the world's most important Twitter feed, analyzed and explained by the UK's leading expert on political lying.
The most unusual feature of Donald Trump's nationalist and populist campaign for the presidency was his obsessive use of Twitter. Like other social media, this form of communication has often been assumed to encourage the dissemination of liberal values and the circulation of facts. Trump's tweets, by contrast, formed a constant stream of provocations, insults, conspiracy theories, 'alternative facts' and outright lies. And they helped him win power. This book analyzes Trump's incendiary mendacity in all its bewildering guises, and shows how this fusion of entertainment and cunningly-crafted propaganda has destabilized the world's most powerful democracy.
"There have been derisive collections of Trump’s blurts before . . . but reading through this para-scholarly presentation of his texts . . . changes your perception of them. They don’t seem merely preposterous any more." —The Guardian
About the Author
Peter Oborne is a columnist for the Daily Mail and former chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. One of Britain's most distinguished and independent political writers, his books include The Triumph of the Political Class and Wounded Tiger. Tom Roberts is a media historian and the author of Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty.