President-elect Donald Trump has got his Twitter back. After meeting with President Obama at the White House yesterday, Trump fired off a couple of tweets, including one complaining about "professional protestors" who he claims have been "incited by the media." "Very unfair!" was the initial verdict, although a later tweet praised the protestors' "passion for our great country."
Trump's judgement on the protests (which are set to continue tonight) seems typically hypocritical considering his reaction to Obama's reelection in 2012. On November 7th that year, Trump tweeted that US citizens should "march on Washington and stop this travesty," and that the country needed to "fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice."
Here's Trump in 2012:
We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
And here he is in 2016:
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
In one tweet that was recently deleted (but can be seen here and here), Trump even called for revolution, saying of Obama: "He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!" He blamed America's "phoney" electoral college system for the result, despite the fact Obama did not actually lose the popular vote — he beat Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 5 million votes.
Of course, the (imaginary) state of affairs Trump railed against as undemocratic in 2012, has won him the presidency in 2016. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a relatively small margin — some 400,000 votes — but lost the election thanks to the electoral college.