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How Political Discourse Works on Twitter

President Trump claimed this month on Twitter that the news media was “working hard” to convince people he “should not use social media.” But it was precisely his knack for social media, he implied, that helped win him the presidency.

Is this true? If so, why might Trump be politically effective on Twitter?

To better understand how political discourse works on Twitter, we recently analyzed more than half a million public tweets on three political topics — same-sex

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