Trump and his Nonstop Twitter Fingers: A Love Story
By: Anna Gibson
Donald Trump’s Twitter has very much become a nonstop public display of “presidential” insults and accusations. Still, Trump just can't seem to stay off of it. Thursday morning, just minutes before the closed-camera White House briefing, Trump admitted that he has not made any recordings of his conversations with former FBI director, James Comey. He reveled, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea......whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” This came as a surprise to many, since Trump had previously threatened Comey with tapes.
On May 12th, Trump tweeted at Comey, in what seemed to be a threat, that he “better hope there are no tapes” This tweet caused tremendous backfire for Trump and his administration. Leading to assumptions of a recording system in the White House, this a scandal presidential history is all too familiar with. It goes back just 45 years to the paranoia of Nixon and the Watergate scandal, which ultimately lead to his resignation.
So, were Trump's tweets just an effort to intimidate Comey on a very public scale? Or was this ultimately a distraction to get the media discussing these tweets rather than taking about what is really important, the GOP health care plan? This is just yet another classic example of Trump using his Twitter platform to divert from issues that put pressure and weigh controversy on his administration. Trump has become an expert of using just 140 characters to put the entire world in a frenzy.
His constant tweets attacking credible news organizations such as The New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post, are alarming as they appear to be an attack on the constitutional aspect of a free media. Any news organization that posts a negative article about Trump or reports leaks within his administration are immediately deemed “fake news” by the President. Not only is this inaccurate, it is dangerous to see a President discourage Americans from reading credible sources, simply because their content reveals the facts about his administration. It also makes us wonder: with a country to run, where does Trump find the time to constantly hurl out insults on Twitter?
With the heavy use of social media, presidents and presidential nominees in the past have become a noticeable force on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. But unlike past presidents, Donald Trump seems to be taking communication to a whole new level in what seems to be doing more harm than good. His Twitter insults have become so predictable that many people often expect him to go on a Twitter rant after a major news organization publishes a negative article about him.
Trump’s abuse of Twitter makes him seem less and less presidential. He is consistently attacking enemies and critiques instead of delivering positive messages of progress. Nevertheless, despite abundant backlash, he has yet to learn the impact his words have on the dignity and worldly standing of the country. For now, America and the rest of the world will be forced to keep their eyes on @RealDonaldTrump’s Twitter.