Alongside massive balloon drops and the use of children as political surrogates, the political Tweetstorm has become one of the defining features of the 2016 election season.
A week after tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban unleashed a barrage of tweets mocking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump and his one-time rival Marco Rubio turned their own Twitter cannons on Hillary Clinton on the night of her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Marco Rubio had the faster trigger finger, calling the convention a “disaster,” mocking Clinton for promising to give people “free stuff,” and gouging her for the rich speaking fees she received from investment banks.
Donald Trump picked up the baton some 15 minutes after Rubio finished. The Republican presidential nominee concentrated his fire on Clinton’s terrorism and immigration policies, with a not-so-subtle nod to her Wall Street speeches.
Trump’s campaign released a scathing statement shortly afterward. In the words of Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to the Republican nominee:
Miller went on:
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