Jaycee Weber

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The social media platform Twitter has become President Donald Trump’s communication channel of choice, possibly contributing to his unexpected win of the presidency. This research examines the impact of Trump's distinctive tweeting style on the discourse of other U.S. politicians. Specifically, this study examines ten senators’ tweets from the Obama era and the Trump era to see if other politicians are currently adopting President Trump’s tweeting style. A simple random sample of tweets from the senators were taken from the two eras. The results showed some changes in the types of posts senators made. The results also revealed that Democrats' posts were more likely to mimic the Trump style. This suggests that President Trump has had an effect on political communication through Twitter. Additional findings are presented and implications for political communication discussed.

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