Mike Pence is campaigning in Manchester Thursday. Meanwhile, the man at the top of the ticket tweeted earlier today:
They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016
The Twitterverse was confused. The Washington Post posted this headline "Donald Trump just called himself ‘Mr. Brexit,’ and nobody really knows why." They then offered the interpretation that the UK surprised the world by voting to leave the European Union, despite polling that indicated otherwise. So, perhaps Mr. Trump is saying he'll surprise the world the same way in November.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton tweeted:We know that giving millionaires huge tax breaks doesn't help our economy. So why would we try it again, Donald? pic.twitter.com/Js7FhLOZxW— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 18, 2016
She's striking a provocative personal tone which, of course, Donald Trump does frequently as well.
The point is, we are in an era where social media is driving political narrative. It's transforming how elections are conducted. So, what effect is that having on our democracy?
Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center of Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He tweets @nicco.
This segment aired on August 18, 2016.