President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview this week that he didn’t particularly enjoy tweeting but did so to combat bad press.
“Look, I don’t like tweeting,” Trump told Fox News. “I have other things I could be doing.”
Trump continued: “But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 18, 2017
While the president-elect may use Twitter to counter various narratives in the press, he was a bombastic user long before ever running for office. As a reality-television star, Trump weighed in on a wide array of topics including things like celebrity relationships.
Trump used the social-media platform throughout his campaign to inject his messaging into the news. He often caused controversy for his brash nature, branding opposing candidates and media figures with nicknames on the trail that later showed up on his Twitter feed.
Trump is set to be inaugurated as America’s 45th president on Friday.