Keith Olbermann has highlighted the importance of President Donald Trump’s seemingly personal connection with his Twitter followers.
In his latest clip for GQ’s “The Resistance,” Olbermann noted how the way Trump uses the microblogging service means his supporters feel he is reaching out to them one at a time ― which then allows him to manipulate them.
Trump’s exploitation of social media reminded the ex-MSNBC and ESPN journalist of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pioneering political use of radio.
The current president “has perfected the fireside tweet,” Olbermann said. “He may truly have absolutely nothing of any meaning to sell them, but he can sell something to them anyway.”
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article implied FDR’s fireside chats were on TV. They were radio chats.