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Mr Trump said his use of Twitter and other platforms was a way of bypassing traditional media — speaking directly to voters. Just before the 2020 election he was asked, once again on CBS’ 60 Minutes, whether his tweets were putting off voters: “No, I think I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have social media… and frankly if I didn’t have social media I’d have no way of getting out my voice.” he said. Yet within three months, Mr Trump was to be spectacularly dumped from every single major social media network. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. For someone who credits his political existence to social media this could have caused catastrophe. And yet it hasn’t. In fact there is a school of thought that being off social media, at least for now, has actually helped him. The broad theory is that Mr Trump, by staying relatively quiet, is following Napoleon’s advice: Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. On Sunday a Trump adviser told the Wall Street Journal: “I don’t know a single person in Trump world who regrets that this has happened — not a single one.” That seems counter-intuitive, but it’s not a fringe view. Darrell West, vice-president at the policy research group Brookings Governance, agrees.

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