Trump got the cancel culture treatment when Twitter users trended #DonaldIsOverParty after the platform put a warning label on one of his tweetsby firstname.lastname@example.org (Palmer Haasch)
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- Twitter users were trending #donaldisoverparty after Twitter tagged a Trump tweet with a label for 'glorifying violence.'
- The #isoverparty hashtag format is tied to cancelation attempts on Twitter, and has most recently been leveraged against celebrities like Doja Cat.
- While the #donaldisoverparty will likely have no concrete effect on the President or his actions, its a means for people to express frustrations and celebrate Twitter tagging the tweet with a violence label.
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Twitter has recently been flush with attempted cancelations, ranging from Doja Cat to Demi Lovato over allegations of varying severity. The latest person to be caught in the Twitter cancel culture crosshairs is President Donald Trump: on May 29, #donaldisoverparty trended on Twitter in the United States, seemingly sparked by Twitter flagging one of Trump's tweets threatening protesters in Minneapolis as "glorifying violence."
Protests in the city have escalated following the killing of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes despite Floyd saying that he could not breathe. Trump tweeted late Thursday, responding to the escalating violence and criticizing Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. The flagged tweet reads, "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"
#donaldisoverparty began trending following the Twitter warning, seemingly both in response to both the threatening tweet and Twitter's flag. It has been trending in the United States throughout the day, amassing over 140,000 tweets.
Critique of the President's tweets is far from typical, and the #donaldisoverparty isn't a new hashatag either — people have used it sporadically online before. This appears to be the first time it's ever been used on a larger scale and trended, however, and plays into a recent resurgence of #isoverparty hashtags that have circulated on Twitter as part of attempted cancelations of assorted celebrities and public figures.
It's a bit ironic that Trump is getting the Twitter cancelation treatment now, especially given the fact that he's already been impeached. Recently, his administration has been criticized for botching the United States' response to the coronavirus pandemic, and using racism and xenophobia to rally his supporter base ahead of the 2020 elections. However, this is a digital response to a digital event — with the President apparently facing Twitter's judgment both for misinformation, violent rhetoric, and his new executive order threatening social media companies, the current moment lends itself to all eyes being on his Twitter account.
There are plenty of people using the #donaldisoverparty hashtag to celebrate Twitter flagging the tweet with a violence warning. Plenty of others are invoking memes and reaction images in the hashtag while airing grievances with President Trump.
Others are pointing out that a Twitter cancelation — especially for the current President of the United States — isn't going to do much, urging people to vote him out of office.
Ultimately, #donaldisoverparty isn't going to have much of a concrete effect in terms of "canceling" the president. Rather, the hashtag is being used as a way of calling attention to the President's rhetoric vis-à-vis the Minneapolis protests, clowning on the President with memes, and calling for people to vote come November.
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