Trump posted two early-morning tweets about International Women’s Day. Whether or not you believe the actual words, these messages honoring women are an important recognition of the vital role they play in America. Thing is, these aren’t from Trump’s phone. Someone else appears to have written them.
The curious case of Dr. iPhone and Mr. Droid
Data scientists and journalists have made a fairly convincing case that there are two authors of Trump’s @realDonaldTrump twitter account. The meta-data show that posts come from both iPhones and an Android device; Trump is known to have an Android phone. Trump has made the claim that he tweets from several devices, before, but textual analyses show that the tweets from those two phones are vastly different. In short, tweets from an Android were written by Trump, while those from iPhones were written by the unseen hands of staffers.
After this was revealed, the website DidTrumpTweetIt has been tagging whether the 30,000+ tweets from @realDonaldTrump came from an iPhone or Android. We’ve used this archive a few times, like showing how long he can stay silent after making particularly obnoxious posts. It’s about 2 days.
Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day.
It’s also the Day Without A Woman protest organized by the Women’s March on Washington. Women across the nation are encouraged not to work or shop, to “to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender non-conforming people continue to face.”
In blunt economic terms, women control the money in America. 90% of women control their family’s finances. 85% of purchases are made by women. $0.62 of every dollar spent in the US is spent by a woman. Women contribute over $7 trillion annually in consumer and business spending.
The news and importance of these protests must have reached the Oval Office because @realDonaldTrump made two early morning tweets honoring the day and the importance of them in our society. They were also tweeted verbatim on the @POTUS official account of the President. So we had to ask, did Trump tweet them?
The evidence is stacked against Trump
According to the @POTUS account, Dan Scavino is the author of that feed, and anything from Trump himself will be tagged “-DJT” at the end. The two identical tweets from @POTUS (here and here) do not have this tag, which further supports the idea that Trump did not write these. And even if he dictated the idea, a quick read through his Android tweets shows that these two aren’t his style and tone.
Did Scavino? A staffer? Who knows. But it probably wasn’t the President of the United States.