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Dear President Bannon…. #PostcardsToBannon

How do you get rid of the influence of Steve Bannon’s whispering in Trump’s ear? The best strategy I’ve heard is to make Trump jealous of the attention. And one way to do that is to refer to Bannon as the president.

The hashtag #PostcardsToBannon blew up on Twitter yesterday, with all sorts of people posting pics of their postcards:

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From Justin Hendrix via Twitter

In fact, it got so much attention that it was featured overnight on USA Today.

It’s a small act but it might make you feel great to do it.

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  1. February 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    And perhaps in tweets, postings, and the like we can all refer to “President Bannon” as well, or if we must reference Trump, use “President Bannon’s lackey” (or ‘toadie’ or ‘assistant’ or ‘understudy’ or whatever).
    This Administration is totally hung up on image, appearances, and portrayals-of-itself.
    Meanwhile, the whole world laughs with/at us.

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    • February 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

      How about simply referring to Trump as the vice president and ignoring Mike Pence altogether? I think “Vice President Trump” would get under his skin pretty quickly.

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    • Bill
      February 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      president Bannon’s … apprentice.

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    • Tech 17
      February 9, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Excellent strategy. Trump is driven by ego and celebrity status. Putting Bannon above him triggers his ego response. His celebrity status is also critical to him and the celebrity status he wants is the key – in his mind, the sovereign who is always right. What he doesn’t want is being seen as a clown – a characterization of an incomplete human being who has limited intelligence and whose actions are parodies of fact. So, given he is the foil for Bannon, seems to me he’s the Jester in the Court of the King. Positioning Trump as the world’s biggest clown definitely hooks him and putting him at the beck and call of Bannon puts icing on that cake. He isn’t so much the Emperor who has No Clothes On but the Puppet Jester who has No Clothes On with Bannon, not to mention Chief Gas Lighter Conway, pulling his strings.

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  2. February 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    From here:

    Trump himself had seemed particularly incensed by reports and parodies about chief strategist Steve Bannon being the actual decision-maker in the White House.

    You’re on the right track.

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  3. February 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Great Idea. I’m going to buy some postcards today.

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  4. RTG
    February 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    This is a fun idea!

    Somewhat tangentially relatedly, I though your readers might be interested in a couple of recent articles about Twitter bots and pro-Trump social media:

    http://mashable.com/2017/02/02/trump-bots-twitter-replies-change/#OBothSeBBkqQ

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/as-a-conservative-twitter-user-sleeps-his-account-is-hard-at-work/2017/02/05/18d5a532-df31-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.5446d30807d1

    What’s fascinating to me is that what Twitter seems to have implemented is a crude form of a Turing test, but it’s making a measurable difference. It would be interesting to delve deeper into the algorithms (or at least what they’ve shared via these articles), and try to determine any pitfalls or improvements.

    There’s also a much larger, non-technical, discussion to be had about the fact that political speech is being very purposefully distorted using these technologies that also provide the tools to enhance it. Looping back to the subject of this post, there’s something refreshing about using old school snail mail as a form of political protest (even if the idea is being propagated via one of the most modern of social media platforms).

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  5. MikeM
    February 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Many of you might have seen the picture of our president getting on a helicopter, his comb-over flying off the top of his head, and showing very clearly just where all those big Macs have ended up. Based on that picture (I don’t have a URL for it), we should call him president tRump.

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