Tweets like Trump

Tweets like Trump

For the winter show I decided to make a twitter bot that tweets like Donald Trump. Why? Well (a) it is super fun to troll Trump and (b) it is a strange experience to be at the receiving end of vicious tweets, the kind that Trump sends out, and it gives you a pause to think about what it does to the public discourse.

So the idea is that if someone interacts with the bot @donalreal, the bot replies with a Trump style tweet mentioning you in that tweet. The bot is live even now although I have stopped updating the tweets.

Love for the bot

Pictures from the show

Here is the code


Here's how it works

  • This bot reacts when you follow it or tweet at it.
  • For the winter show, it will also respond when you tweet @ITP_NYU
  • It maintains a database of all such people who have fallen in his radar because of one of the above three events.
  • The information about the user that it stores right now is name, screen name, description, image url, followers count, favorite count and status count. Each member is also given a good nickname and a bad nickname.
  • The way it tweets back is that it chooses a template tweet from a huge list and replaces the variables in the template with information received from the user.


Technologies used

Next Steps

  • I would like to add sentiment analysis and some AI for it to respond in a more smart way
  • The statements are still hard coded right now, I would like them to generate programmatically
  • Troll Donald Trump
Special shout out to Daniel Shiffman and his awesome video series. Everything I did in this technologically has come from this playlist by him