Trump Supporters Turn Against Him as He Annoys Them with 3 Controversial Posts in 48 Hours

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Former President Donald Trump has stirred up controversy and criticism among his loyal supporters with three posts on his new social media platform, Truth Social, in the span of 48 hours, as reported by Newsweek on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

The posts, which covered topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine, TikTok, and Senator Katie Britt, have drawn negative reactions from many conservatives who felt betrayed or disappointed by Trump’s statements.

On Thursday night, Trump responded to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) speech, in which Biden touted the success of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and its potential to help fight other diseases.

Trump quoted Biden’s words and then claimed that he was the one who made the vaccine possible in record time. “‘The Pandemic no longer controls our lives.

The Vaccines that saved us from COVID are now being used to help beat Cancer – Turning setback into comeback!’ YOU’RE WELCOME, JOE, NINE-MONTH APPROVAL TIME VS. 12 YEARS THAT IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN YOU!” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

The post did not sit well with many of Trump’s followers, who have been vocal in their opposition to the vaccine and the mandates that the Biden administration has imposed on federal workers and contractors, health care staff, and large employers.

Some accused Trump of betraying his base and promoting a dangerous and ineffective shot.

“The amount of anger I have over this can’t be quantified in words,” Tracy Beanz, editor-in-chief of conservative media outlet UncoverDC, wrote on Friday on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Another post that sparked outrage among Trump’s supporters was his defense of TikTok, the popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

Trump argued that banning TikTok would only benefit Facebook, which he called “a true Enemy of the People” and accused of cheating in the last election.

“If you get rid of TikTok, Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business. I don’t want Facebook, who cheated in the last Election, to do better. They are a true Enemy of the People!” he wrote on Thursday night.

Trump’s stance on TikTok seemed to contradict his previous actions as president when he issued an executive order in August 2020 that required ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations and delete all data within 90 days, citing national security concerns.

The order was later blocked by a federal judge and never enforced. Trump’s reversal on TikTok also clashed with the views of many Republican lawmakers, who have been pushing for legislation to restrict or ban the app in the U.S. market.

A bill that would “incentivize divestment of TikTok” by barring it from mobile app stores and giving the executive branch the authority to target other social media platforms controlled by a “foreign adversary” was passed by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce in a 50-0 bipartisan vote this week.

Some of Trump’s allies and media figures expressed their disagreement with his pro-TikTok post. Fox News host Laura Ingraham wrote on X on Friday:

“This is a big mistake by the Trump campaign: Trump claims TikTok ban would only help ‘enemy’ Facebook.”

Igor Bobic, senior politics reporter at HuffPost, wrote via X on Friday that Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican and a vocal critic of Big Tech, also rejected Trump’s comments.

“I’m not a fan of Facebook but TikTok is a qualitatively different deal. It’s a backdoor for the Communist Chinese party,” Hawley told Bobic.

The third post that irked some of Trump’s supporters was his praise of Senator Katie Britt, an Alabama Republican who delivered a scathing response to Biden’s SOTU speech.

Britt slammed Biden’s immigration policies and called him “a dithering and diminished leader” in a video that went viral for its awkward delivery and low production quality.

Trump, however, seemed to be impressed by Britt’s performance and complimented her on several aspects. “Katie Britt was a GREAT contrast to an Angry, and obviously very Disturbed, ‘President.’

She was compassionate and caring, especially concerning Women and Women’s Issues. Her conversation on Migrant Crime was powerful and insightful. Great job Katie!” he wrote on Thursday night.

The post elicited mockery and disbelief from many users on X, who ridiculed Britt’s video and questioned Trump’s judgment.

Some also pointed out that Britt was a former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who voted to certify Biden’s electoral victory and who has been critical of Trump in the past.

“Trump praising Katie Britt is like Biden praising Kamala Harris. They both know they suck, but they have to pretend otherwise,” one user wrote on X on Friday.

Trump’s three posts have shown that he is not afraid to go against the grain of his own party and his own base, even as he prepares for a possible run for the presidency in 2024. Whether his controversial statements will hurt or help his chances remains to be seen.

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