The Week on Twitter

10 Nov 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of This Week on Twitter for Westminster HUB where we take a look at the week’s biggest political news through the eyes of Twitter. This week has been dominated by the shock news from America that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States when inaugurated in January. Trump won an impressive 279 Electoral College votes with three states still yet to declare but already more than the 270 required to become President.


Meanwhile in the UK politicians were on hiatus from Parliament for most of this week and so news focused on the new benefits cap which was introduced on Monday this week to a mixed reception. However political discussion was dominated for much of this week by the US election and so we have done our best to pick out some of the Twitter based highlights on this issue.


Donald Trump Elected


On Tuesday the voting came to an end in the American election and in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the UK it became clear that Donald Trump had been elected the new President. It is a result that will shock much of the world; in particular the UK where the British people made Hillary Clinton their overwhelming preference according to one pollster.



Those 49% of Brits who preferred Hillary Clinton for President may have woken up shocked to hear the news that Donald Trump had been elected instead. The Economist was among the first accounts to call Trump the 45th President of the United States.


The results started to go Donald Trump’s way as he began narrowly winning key swing states including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio which pushed him towards the required number of Electoral College votes.



Journalist Mehdi Hasan worried about the message that America’s decision sent to other countries, especially in the country’s role as global policeman.



Fellow journalist, George Eaton, had similar thoughts as he pondered the message Trump’s election sends to other nationalist, extreme political leaders around the globe.



While another Twitter user was shocked at the demographic breakdown of the results which showed a dramatic split between different races and who their chosen candidate was. 


Laura Kuenssberg reminded her followers that the Republican Party had won control of all America’s major political establishments which meant Trump could wield more power than Obama had in his 8 years in the White House.



Hillary Clinton sent this tweet as the night appeared to be going against her. She thanked people who had voted for her and had helped her during the campaign.



Donald Trump was quick to change his Twitter description to President-elect and tweeted his congratulations and tweeted about how much he was enjoying his evening, promising to bring people together.



Benefits Cap Introduced


Before the US Election news broke, the UK had a new benefit cap imposed upon them on Monday. We summed up the benefit cap news on our Twitter page as George Osborne’s cuts took the maximum benefits down by up to six thousands pounds. The news caused a lot of negative reaction from a majority of Twitter users.



One Twitter user had costed how much the switch to Universal Credits could cost and estimated that working families would be worst hit, losing up to £2,500.



There were a minority of Twitter users that expressed positive messages regarding the benefits cap suggesting that too much of the public’s taxes had been spent on benefits.



One Twitter user pondered the different meaning of a benefits cap in the alternate universe where Ed Miliband had been elected Prime Minster.



The coming week will see our UK politicians return to Parliament after their three day break last week and Brexit negotiations are sure to dominate the proceedings once again. There will also be further reaction and fall out from the results of the American election as Donald Trump prepares himself to take office and Barack Obama faces up to his achievements being overturned.


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