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During the primaries, Trump deployed his Twitter account like a weapon, taking out candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio with well-timed insults—all while their response teams were still taking polls. The directness and speed of Twitter made Trump his own rapid response team, and let him dominate the news cycle.

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The president's detractors point to the cesspool of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, fake news, and Russian bots that Twitter has become, and argue Trump and his message flourished in that environment.

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A University of Rochester study showed "the more then-candidate Donald Trump tweeted during the presidential campaign, the more his Twitter following grew, even when Trump was getting negative press attention from Republican debates or various controversies."

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Trump critics say there were numerous other factors at play besides social media in this electionfrom Russian interference to xenophobia and race-based populism. He didn't need Twitter to win.

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And some of Trump's supporters agree, albeit for different reasons: Hillary was a terrible candidate. Democrats ignored the white working class. Trump truly stood up to special interests, and fought for the little guy. The American people wanted someone from outside the system, someone who promised to tear that system down. He didn't need Twitter.

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Other Trump supporters say the president needed Twitter, if only because the mainstream media would not allow his message to get out to the public. Social media let Trump sidestep establishment communication routes and go directly to the people.

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Trump voters say reducing their candidate's success to social media takes away from the strength of his message and his campaign. They argue the country was ready for a candidate who spoke without being hindered by political correctness and put America first.

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Esquire agreed: Trump was simply the perfect candidate for the moment.

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It was our first presidential election after the Voting Rights Act was dismantled by the Supreme Court. Hundreds of thousands of voters of color were disenfranchised. Critics say Trump didn't need Twitter—it was the voter suppression, stupid.

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