Yes, its official, PM Narendra Modi has become the most followed active politician on Twitter, this after the outgoing President Donald Trump’s account was permanently suspended by Twitter.
The outgoing President of the United States was very active, and his favorite tool was Twitter, the favored megaphone; however, his account was permanently suspended by Twitter on Friday.
In its statement, Twitter’s permanent ban of President Trump from its services was “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The move would mean that President Trump would no longer be able to express his “views” and “Opinions” and reach out to his supporters and the public, having capped a series of actions by mainstream sites to limit his online reach.
With 88 million followers on Twitter, he was both popular and perhaps also the most scandalous when it came to expressing his views.
Twitter, on its part, shut down his account based on two of his tweets that he had posted on Friday – one that lauded and called his supporters “patriots,” while another saying that he would not be attending the presidential inauguration on Jan 20, 2021 – which according to Twitter violated its rules of glorifying violence.
Mr. Trump was a regular on Twitter and tweeted multiple times during the day, with his most favorite time of the day being early morning or late evenings.
He did not hold himself back on his tweets, whether they were live reactions to the news on television, or to boost his supporters, or even plan a series of deliberate and calculated word attacks on his enemies.
He used the platform with ease and demonstrated an eagerness to express his views on whatever subject that caught his fascination or even to launch a series of strong messages for those who stood against him.
Mr. Trump was perhaps one of the only few Political figures who used the platform to form strong and faithful followers, build and expand his base, and spread his viewpoints via his tweets, which seldom bordered on agitation and even threats.
Mr. Trump is unique in his personality; the 45th and the current President of the United States, before he entered politics, was a hardcore businessman and a television personality.
Who can forget his famous “The Apprentice,” which was lapped up by millions as a cue and almost a guide textbook to make it in the cutting competitive corporate world.
He had inherited his business from his father, a real estate business in 1971, which he renamed from Fred Trump’s real estate to The Trump Organization. He further expanded the business to either constructing or renovating skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and even golf courses.
His business ventures were as varied and strong as his opinions are, and he even owned the Miss Universe brand of beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015; no one can forget the famous television show “The Apprentice” from 2004 and 2015.
He became the surprise victory and entered as a Republican from the Presidential race in 2016 and emerged victorious over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton while losing the popular vote.
However, it should be noted that he became the first and the oldest first-term President of the United States without any prior military or government service.
Mr. Trump, however, has received many flacks from both the public and fellow politicians who have criticized him and have accused him of making and spreading false and misleading statements during his tenure as the President of the United States. He has also been labeled as a racist or as racially charged.
However, the latest outing wherein he supported his followers and almost encouraged them to storm the Capitol was the last and final straw that was not acceptable to those who saw him as nearly cynical in his views, statements, and governing President.
When Mr. Trump came to power, many believed that he would usher in accountability and a kind of governance expected by a particular corporate head or CEO. Though what came in was somewhat akin to a dictatorship, a strong-headed individual can only be termed as a populist, protectionist, isolationist, and nationalist, as mentioned by a few.
Cut down to PM Narendra Modi; many have, in fact, called out on the similarities between Donald Trump and the former. Both leaders have charismatic personalities. Not much in terms of age gap Trump, 73, and Modi is 69, while the former is a son of a business tycoon the latter is a son of a poor tea -seller.
While Trump was in power, he cracked his whip on migrants, which included a travel ban on various Muslim – majority nations, Modi too has been very precise when it comes to engaging on the matter closer home; he had sought to exclude Muslims while making way for immigrants from other religions through the contentious Citizenship Act.
From “Make in India” to “America First,” both leaders have shown an emphasis on trade protectionist attitude and policies.
The US President had extended his support to PM Modis’s revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir, which garnered much headlines and attention across the world.
For the world, it was there to see the camaraderie that was shared between the two, with his maiden visit to India in February last year. The meetings, which included smiles, hugs, and grand handshakes, very difficult to get out of Trump have always been highlighted every time the two world leaders met on any platform.
Donald Trump had not shied away from expressing his fondness and sense of friendliness that he came to express when it came to Modi.
In fact, the all grand and magnanimous event ‘Namaste Trump’ at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad was modeled and similar to the ‘Howdy Modi’ Houston event, which took place in 2018. It was then that the world’s two leaders shared the dais for the very first time in history.
In the present, it seems that Trump’s loss is Modi’s gain, as he takes on the baton and the Crown from Trump to become the most followed active politician on Twitter.