Nineteen percent of US Twitter users follow President Donald Trump on the social platform, and a majority of those people approve of his job performance, a survey showed Monday.
The Pew Research Center report suggests Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account — with more than 60 million followers worldwide — has succeeded in developing an audience largely favorable to his comments, which often generate controversy.
The report is based on a survey of 2,388 US adults who use Twitter and gave Pew permission to review their personal public-facing accounts, between December 2018 and July 2019.
Roughly three in 10 Republican adult Twitter users follow Trump, compared with 13 percent of Democrats, Pew said.
Among users who follow Trump, 54 percent approved of his job performance as of late 2018, compared with 24 percent of users who don’t follow the president.
Despite the large following, Trump’s direct reach on Twitter is still limited, according to Pew: only 22 percent of all US adults use the service, its surveys found.
And Trump’s reach on Twitter remains below that of former president Barack Obama, who connects with 26 percent of the platform’s users, Pew researchers found.
The news comes with Trump drawing fire for a series of tweets interpreted as attacking four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color — calling on them to “go back” to their own countries, even though all are US citizens.
Trump’s comments were branded “racist” and “xenophobic” by Democratic presidential candidates and senior lawmakers.
MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’
The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.
MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."
"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.
Ex-Houston cop is charged with murder after his fraudulent search warrant got a couple killed
Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines has been indicted on felony murder charges in relation to a drug raid in January that left a couple dead, the Houston Chronicle reported this Friday.
Questions about the raid, which took place January 28, began to swirl when it was revealed that Goines had lied to obtain the search warrant. The raid resulted in a shootout that killed 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle. Goines was also wounded in the shootout as were four other officers.
‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war
Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.
In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.
He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.