Donald Trump usually has something to say. Whether he’s being snarky or an urging to return America to greatness, the bombastic billionaire is not known for being at a loss for words.
However, after his defeat in Iowa last night, The Donald remained uncharacteristically silent.
Trump has always been very vocal on Twitter, using the platform to keep a firm connection between himself and his supporters. Tweeting many times throughout the day, it has served as his message-conveyance and he has used it to tremendous effect.
After Ted Cruz bested him in Iowa on Monday, however, his Twitter account went dark and he stayed off for 15 hours.
When he reemerged online, he offered somewhat cryptic thoughts and offered a list of reasons that may have affected his standing in Iowa.
At 9:03 A.M. on Tuesday, Trump tweeted, “My experience in Iowa was a great one. I started out with all of the experts saying I couldn’t do well there and ended up in 2nd place. Nice”
Nine minutes later, Trump blamed naysayers: “Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there – a fraction of Cruz & Rubio. Came in a strong second. Great honor.”
Fifteen minutes after that, Trump lashed-out at the media: “The media has not covered my long-shot great finish in Iowa fairly. Brought in record voters and got second highest vote total in history!”
Five minutes later, Trump again criticized the media: “I will be talking about my wonderful experience in Iowa and the simultaneous unfair treatment by the media-later in New Hampshire. Big crowd.”
Five minutes after that, Trump tweeted a reminder that he has been self-funding and offered a cryptic conclusion: “I don’t believe I have been given any credit by the voters for self-funding my campaign, the only one. I will keep doing, but not worth it!”
It is not yet known what “not worth it” means. Some speculate that it might be a hint of an exiting of the race. But that is highly unlikely as the candidate is already deeply invested in the race for the presidency and has been a longtime frontrunner for the Republican nominee.
Trump did spend less in Iowa than Cruz and spent far less than Marco Rubio, but his presence there could hardly be called unserious. He pursued the caucus seriously and only time will tell if he will be changing his strategy as we head into New Hampshire.