We all know Donald Trump loves to bully people on Twitter. He seems to get some type of odd satisfaction from it.
Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post published a story of a young college student who was bullied by Trump last year, after asking a question at a campaign forum.
About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was “a friend to women.”
The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an “arrogant young woman” and accusing her of being a “plant” from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide.
“I didn’t really know what anyone was going to do,” said Batchelder, now 19, who has never discussed her experience with a reporter until now. “He was only going to tweet about it and that was it, but I didn’t really know what his supporters were going to do, and that to me was the scariest part.”
This is what happens when Trump targets a private citizen who publicly challenges him.
When Trump tweeted about Batchelder in October 2015, he had fewer than 5 million followers; he now has more than 17 million and has bragged that having a Twitter account is “like owning the New York Times without the losses.” Twitter has become Trump’s cyber-magic wand, allowing him to quickly act on a fleeting idea, a fit of anger or something he sees on television. Now that he is the president-elect, the power of Trump’s tweets has only increased.
For the record, what she said at that forum was “So, maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think you’re a friend to women.” When Trump defended himself by saying how much he loves women, she grabbed the mic again and said “I want to get paid the same as a man, and I think you understand that, so if you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?” Trump replied “You’ll get paid the same if you do as good a job.”
After the forum, Trump tweeted the part about the “arrogant young woman” from the forum, and then part of his campaign tweeted pictures of her social media accounts, leading to the threatening and disgusting bullying that followed.
This is not Presidential behavior. It’s more the behavior of a high school cyber bully.