trump uses better as a modal in a famous tweet

i never thought donald trump the candidate had much of a future. i didn’t believe his xenophobic (afraid of foreign people) campaign would gather (get, obtain) enough support among americans for him to win and i looked forward to (happily anticipated) his loss being the end of the ridiculous publicity he had been getting for more than a year.

trump talking after winning the election
trump speaks to his supporters after his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. vice president mike pence watches.

that’s not what happened though, and it was obvious that becoming president would  mean even more media coverage. the past week has been especially intense.

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since his inauguration in january of this year, trump and members of his administration have been under investigation by the fbi (federal bureau of investigation) for possible inappropriate meetings/relationships with officials of other countries, most specifically russia. the scandal went to another level last week when on may 10, president trump fired fbi director, james comey.

president trump shaking hands with james comey when he was still the fbi director

trump’s inclination to tweet provocatively is responsible for a lot of the media coverage he receives and last friday he dropped (released, posted) one of his most controversial tweets to date (so far, until now).

the use of better as a modal (better hope) can be used to make a strong recommendation, but in this tweet it indicates that trump was threatening the former fbi director. the tweet anticipates that comey will leak (share secret information) details from their conversations to the press (media). at the same time, trump is hinting (gives the idea) that he has recordings of their conversations and he will use them to make comey look bad if he talks to the press.

this bucket is full of leaks. imagine that the water is important information.

political commentary site motherjones.com posted a more direct, condensed version of trump’s tweet that maintained the modal better.

stfu is an abbreviation of shut the fuck up, an aggressive, usually offensive way to tell someone to stop talking. this video by youtuber pink guy is another (extremely offensive) example.

how will this controversy impact trump’s presidency?  how much should politicians tweet?  does trump need to stfu on twitter?  share your views under leave a reply


 

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