Donald Trump and Chrissy Teigen have a couple things in common. They’re both avid Twitter users and use the social media site in similar ways. They both tweet often about their latest projects and their families, and they aren’t afraid to call out their critics. There’s one big difference in the way they use Twitter, though —Teigen is better at it. Her feed is fun and entertaining, regularly boosting her public image, while Trump’s Twitter use has been called “unpresidential.” Here are seven things the president could learn from the co-host of Lip Sync Battle.
1. If you say something stupid, admit it.
In May, Trump implied in a tweet that he had “tapes” of private conversations with James Comey, and he later followed it up with another tweet contradicting himself. Meanwhile, Teigen said something even stupider in a Marie Claire interview, and she was honest about it:
Yes. I didn’t know men could see my butthole during sex. It was a naive thought and I’ll never be the same. https://t.co/LMrR7GceBD— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 14, 2017
2. It shows more love to affectionately tease your family than it does to brag about them.
When Trump talks about his family on Twitter, he says vague, impersonal things, referring to his son and namesake as “a great person who loves our country!” Teigen regularly teases family members on Twitter, such as when she pointed out how much her husband John Legend looks like Arthur, or when she screenshotted herself searching unsuccessfully for negative tweets about him:
lmao i twitter searched “john legend sucks” pic.twitter.com/5OXBqRHfnX— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 28, 2017
Based on her willingness to joke about them in tweets, Teigen’s family probably has a much closer relationship than Trump’s does. After Trump described his son as a “high-quality person” in a press statement, Teigen updated her Twitter bio with the same wording, subtly pointing out that it’s generic enough to refer to almost anyone.
Finally, a new bio pic.twitter.com/K1CEPMbuyu— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 11, 2017
3. Be open to learning new things.
Trump is more likely to recommend books to other people than he is to actually read them. Compare that with Teigen, who regularly tweets about what she’s reading, and crowdsources book recommendations from her followers.
Going away for a bit of a tech and body detox soon. Wondering if anyone has some good book selections (I love mystery/true crime)— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 2, 2017
4. Saturday Night Live is funny, but watching it should never be your top priority.
While Trump has been known to stay up late on Saturday just so he can immediately respond to any critical skits, Teigen watches and responds on her own time. She might not bother watching a popular sketch until months later:
I finally googled David S. Pumpkins after a long time of wondering who everyone was talking about. Not disappointed!!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 21, 2017
5. It’s healthy to admit you have flaws.
While Trump’s latest tweet claims the White House “is functioning perfectly,” Teigen admits that her life is far from perfect, and that she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter.
6. Accept that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Trump is currently being sued by Twitter users he has blocked. They claim that by refusing to listen to them in a public forum, he is violating their First Amendment rights. Teigen isn’t president, so she can block anyone she wants without it being a Constitutional issue—but she’s more likely to laugh off their criticisms and point out that they can unfollow her if they don’t like what she has to say:
You should *looks both ways* unfollow me https://t.co/idOa41E4Sx— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 31, 2017
7. If you’re going to give people nicknames, make them funny.
Trump often attempts to assign mocking nicknames to people he considers his enemies, but he’s not very good at it. For example, he referred to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” on June 29 and “dumb as a rock Mika” on July 1. Teigen’s insult-generating skills are far more entertaining, like the time she described one of her trolls as a “finger lookin head ass.”
lol you said fingers and you look like a thumb this makes me happy ya finger lookin head ass https://t.co/0qJJxJIzR2— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 22, 2017