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Tracing Trump’s Twitter obsession with Kristen Stewart

Over a period of three weeks in 2012, the President of the USA tweeted about the actress 11 times – something she confronted on SNL

Look, we all use social media too much. There are definitely times that we should put down our phones and just do something else – read a book, call our mums or even go outside. You’d think that since being elected as leader of the free world, Donald Trump may have dialled back on his incessant Twitter usage, but no he’s still tweeting like it’s 2012, except now his targets are “fake news”, bad “dudes” and judges. Back in the latter stages of that year his focus was the actress Kristen Stewart. Big time.

Here’s the president back in 2012 tweeting about Kristen Stewart’s alleged infidelity. There is a saying that goes “don’t throw stones in glass houses”. It applies here. There is another saying that goes “that’s none of your business.” That also applies here.

Encouraged by response to his tweet, he goes in again but typically uses the moment as a pivot to boast about how he’s always right.

“It is permanently broken”, he says, in the same way that 14 failed businesses could be described as “permanently broken”.

Here he is, reassuring everybody again that he is right. It’s his fourth tweet in four days on the subject that is completely none of his business. There’s a change of tactic – he’s now addressing Robert Pattinson and advising him to be “smart”, like him.

A three day break, but he just cannot get Robert Pattinson out of his head. Things were already weird, but they’ve taken a turn for the weirder. He’s invited Robert Pattinson to the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. Robert Pattinson did not attend.

He thinks Robert Pattinson is listening to his demented tweets! Sad!

Nobody wants him to talk about Robert Pattinson. At all. Who does he think is requesting this? There is no clamour for him to discuss Robert Pattinson. What would he have to say? Very little. Undeterred, he continues to talk a lot, without saying anything.

Back to Kristen now. Why is he so obsessed with women cheating on men? He seems perfectly fine with the idea that men can cheat on women. “My life was so great in so many ways. The business was so great... a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything. Life was just a bowl of cherries,” he said of his affair with Marla Maples in 1994.

Here, Trump tweets a link to him wishing Kristen Stewart a happy birthday via Hollywood Life. Five months have passed, perhaps enough time for him to calm down and “forgive” Kristen Stewart. How bigly of him.

Stewart appeared on Saturday Night Live to confront the president’s old, weird tweets. “I’m a little nervous to be hosting because I know that the president's probably watching, and I don't think he likes me that much," Stewart said. “Here’s how I know. Four years ago, I was dating this guy named Rob and we broke up and then we got back together and for some reason it made Donald Trump go insane. So, yeah that's crazy, right? The president is not a huge fan of me, but that is so OK, and Donald, if you didn't like me then, you’re really probably not going to like me now, ’cause I'm hosting SNL and I’m, like, so gay, dude.”

Watch below.