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8/13/17 Social Monitor Update Post-Charlottesville

It’s been a few days since I launched the Trump v. Resistance social conversation tracker. In the aftermath of the horrific events over the last 48hrs in Charlottesville, VA, some interesting observations:

  1. Conversation volume on both sides has spiked – the tracker was running at around 500k tweets / 24hrs for the last few days, and is not between 750k and 1M on each side alone.
  2. This is the first time since I launched the tracker that Resistance volume is outpacing Trump-supporter volume. This is undoubtedly due to the outpouring of sympathy for the victims and resounding condemnation of the white-supremacist and Nazi marchers in VA.
  3. Most interestingly, theΒ content of these conversations has noticeably shifted:

  • On the side of Trump supporters, conversation about Obama and Hillary Clinton has spiked – seemingly as the pair are used as some sort of scapegoat or foil for this weekend’s events. Noticeably conversation related to the Constitution shows up in the top 10 for the first time since launch, most often in the context of free speech and assembly protections, and as an attempt to highlight government and media hypocrisy in covering or allowing what are perceived as similar marches by left-leaning groups in other cities.
  • On the side of the Resistance, some similarly interesting trends. Terrorism conversation is outpacing Russia-related conversation for the first time. This is occurring in the context of Tweeters calling the weekend’s events “domestic terrorism,” and calling for the President to do the same.

Here are just a few of the more bizarre (and horrendous) visuals popping up on the hardcore Trump-supporter accounts: