Should Trump be Tweeting?
By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW
To be or not to be. For those of us who didn’t pay attention in high school, that’s a famous line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, but we are in 2016 now and time has changed from that famous quote to one that seems to be the talk of the town these days.
“To Tweet or not to Tweet,” that is the question. Should President Elect Trump use his Twitter account to tell us how he’s feeling in any given moment?
It’s a great question, and one we should come to terms with as a society. We are charting a new course with Trump, his methods, statements, and just about everything else he does is un-conventional for a President. You must love the irony though, the man beat his opponent, Hillary Clinton, largely in part to her e-mail scandal, amongst a few others. You would think after having a front row seat at her demise the man would not want to touch anything electronic with the capability to forever document his words.
However, we are talking about Trump, and if you haven’t noticed yet, the man does what he wants, despite pleas from his advisors.
After being made fun of on Saturday Night Live (SNL) about his tweeting, Trump went on the offensive towards the cast on his favorite medium, Twitter. His thin-skinned persona didn’t hold back as he wrote, “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad.”
Trump is right that SNL is biased and not funny. In fact, the opening skit is about as entertaining as the show gets, and after that it’s so bad its uncomfortable to watch. Having said that though, Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump is dead on, and Trump just gave him a job for the next four years.
Is it undignified for him to tweet his vengeance as a President? If that’s the case, he’s going to be on that thing 24/7, as the leader of the free world gets mocked nightly on late night shows worldwide. It goes with the territory. President Obama also uses Twitter, but say what you want about him, he handles his tweeting with a sense of decorum and restraint. Decorum is in Trump, somewhere, but he was busy tweeting when they handed out the restraint brain cell.
In fairness to Trump, the media is stacked against him, so using Twitter gives him a chance to say what he wants. Trump surprisingly (not) tweeted on that very issu,e “If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to "tweet." Sadly, I don't know if that will ever happen!” he said.
A reasonable argument, but the issue is not THATt he tweets, it’s WHAT he tweets. If he wanted to clarify a policy, that would be one thing, but Twitter has become his “Bully Pulpit.” It's also is his forum to attack his critics, and that just can’t happen as POTUS.
It’s not just the media either. Trump has been tweeting about China and his acceptance of a phone call from Taiwan’s quasi leader, who in reality, is the President of the Republic of China. The relationship between the U.S., China and Taiwan sounds like a Facebook romance post “It’s complicated”. However, when it comes to China, there’s no love lost. Foreign policy should not be tweeted, and Trump is playing a dangerous game and does not have the temperament or the judgement to bite his tongue.
Which brings me to this--could we really end up in a war over 140 characters?
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