Donald Trump's Twitter Fingers: The President's Tweets Indicate He's Obsessed With Obama—and Himself

President Donald Trump's personality on Twitter shows a quickness to anger, especially at the press, and a similar quickness to praise himself. In other words, it is identical to his non-Twitter personality., a gaming website, performed a textual analysis of 30,000 tweets by the leader of the free world. The report, called "Triggering Trump," found that his favorite targets were The New York Times—which came under attack in 11 percent of Trump's tweets from the last three months of 2016—and CNN, which was targeted in nearly 20 percent of Trump's tweets from the first months of 2017, when the president was otherwise busy restoring the nation to greatness and striking deals with world leaders.

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Overall, his most negative tweets were reserved for the "enemy of the people," otherwise known as the free press. His most positive tweets were reserved his family members and Trump-affiliated businesses. Some have noted that both traits are features of a kleptocracy. ('s "creative team" evaluated Trump's tweets by assigning them numerical values based on the relative approbation or criticism they contained.)

The analysis speculated that Trump may also be "a bit obsessed" with another perceived enemy, former President Barack Obama, who is mentioned in more than a thousand tweets from the last six years. Those include accusations that Obama is not an American citizen and that he spends too much time playing golf, among other charges.


"Beyond Obama, Trump was most obsessed with mentioning himself," the study notes, with "almost 850 tweets that referred to Trump in some capacity," including many that praised the size of his rallies or his Muslim travel ban, which is unlikely to ever take effect. Trump is the person most likely to be quoted by or retweeted by Trump, according to the analysis. This is in keeping with his unflagging self-regard in the non-Twitter world, which includes routine boasting about his intelligence and wealth.

Trump is known to be a family man, so it's not surprising that "tweets mentioning his family were the most likely to carry a positive sentiment." Conversely, his most negative Twitter sentiments were reserved for The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair, both of which have been outlets highly critical of Trump as both candidate and president.

"President Trump," the study concluded, "has no chill setting—at least not anymore." Many of his critics do not believe he had a "chill setting" to begin with.


The analysis had no explanation for Trump's cryptic "covfefe" tweet, which set the internet aflame on Wednesday night and may remain a mystery until the end of recorded time.