The Summer of Trolling

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It is a time-honored adage that in politics, you want to define your opponent before s/he does the same to you.

In the 2022 race to become Pennsylvania’s next senator, it has risen to a whole new level.

Social media trolling.

According to UrbanDictionary.com, “trolling, as it relates to internet, is the deliberate act of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments on various internet forums with the intent to provoke an emotional knee jerk reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument.”

The John Fetterman campaign has taken to trolling the campaign of Mehmet Oz and has turned it into a weapon.

Fetterman has gone on the attack to paint Oz as an out-of-state interloper in the Keystone State race. And the lack of a substantive response from the celebrity doctor means that more trolling is on the way.

It’s a mistake to think, though, that the Fetterman campaign only has gimmicks in the tank. The tweets are just a part of an overall strategy that has helped keep the lieutenant governor afloat even as he’s been mostly out of sight, recovering from a May stroke.

According to Hayes Brown with MSNBC, “it’s clear that the efforts are rattling Oz, whose team has tried (and failed) to duplicate Fetterman’s online success. For example, one tweet featured a picture of a milk carton with Fetterman’s face and the text “wya? 👀,” trying to draw attention to Fetterman’s time off the campaign trail. It backfired spectacularly. “He’s in Pennsylvania,” one user responded. “You can’t see him because you’re in New Jersey.”

The summer of tweeting and trolling will continue in one of the most-watched races in the country that could determine control of the U.S. Senate in the next term.

6 Responses

  1. Nothing cuts through better than humor. It’s disarming and cuts to the quick and only pompous self important humor challenged dolts miss the point of it all. The New Jersey angle is funny and very effective!

  2. Both poor choices. They want to stroke egos and spend. We cant afford either of them. Not with the current policies driving people to other states to be able to afford to live and work.

    1. Welp, you’re getting either of them, because neither the Libertarians or Greens have a serious candidate to offer

    2. Oh, for God sake can’t you take one break from pomposity! We need more humor not less and, frankly, humor is a fantastic way to make a point.

    3. that’s rather a clueless reply for 2 reasons : 1/ . whom do you suggest for US Senate–, some 3rd party independent who has not started campaigning yet ? and 2/ why exactly is it any candidates fault that the gasoline crisis is making it hard for people to pay bills ? the Dems tried to force the a bill to lower gas prices. the GOPers blocked it. so why not blame the GOP in Congress who refused to vote for a bill lowering gas prices ?

  3. Mehmet Oz is a LOSER from NJ. Go home and live in your mansion with the $$ you scammed for “miracle pills” that do nothing.

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