Should Donald Trump delete his Twitter account? | The Tylt
Donald Trump has adopted a unique approach to communicate directly to the American people—he tweets. Trump has said Twitter is "a great form of communication." But even the most careful individual can rub people the wrong way when limited to just 140 characters. Some critics say Trump should stay off Twitter, because his tweeting behavior makes the presidency look small and petty. Others say Twitter enables him to keep the media honest and engage with his supporters. What do you think? ⌨️
Should Donald Trump delete his Twitter account?
Here are some of President Trump's most controversial and most recent tweets.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
Regardless of how he got into office, Trump is now everyone's president. He should act like it. Twitter is a place for trolls, celebrity feuds and meaningless spats. Do we really want our president to be regularly making the news for what he said on a social network? Out of respect to the 44 presidents before you—delete your account, Mr. Trump!
Here's another idea—if it bothers you, ignore it. Getting all bent out of shape with every tweet Trump sends is on you, not him.
Trump's strength is his ability to negotiate, read a room and convey a message. Of course he is going to use Twitter to his advantage. He should keep at it to negotiate hard bargains and keep an ear to his constituency.
Trump believes he won in part because of his social media presence. There is great power in being able to communicate directly with people. Despite what critics say, Trump could be one of the more transparent presidents we've ever had.
Trump lost the popular vote and only became president on a slim margin. Using Twitter the way he does will only drive a bigger wedge into the populace. Most polls suggest Americans are tired of his tweeting antics. Trump will tell you not to believe the polls, but we live in reality—not a reality TV show.
Trump is not known for keeping a level head and when he reacts, it underscores his inability to take criticism.
Such fulminations have almost always arisen from Mr. Trump’s wounded pride, after he has been attacked or has suffered a setback. And they have frequently played out on Twitter, at hours of the day when much of America is asleep.
The early-morning tweets about Ms. Machado were a reminder, said the Republican strategist Charles Black, that Mr. Trump “cannot let something drop until he proves he’s right, and it’s beside the point who’s right.”
Trump is truly a Twitter master. Even the president's critics are in awe of what he is able to accomplish with the social network.
There has been a lot of discussion in the political press about how to cover Trump’s Twitter feed, as though it were separate from his intentions or thoughts as president, or as though ignoring it and focusing on the substance of the future administration will produce a markedly different result. But the Twitter feed and the presidency will be symbiotically intertwined. Trump instinctively tweets to a schedule that suits the biorhythm of the audience and the other media apparatus; he tests his opinions and appointments with the assiduousness of a scheduler A/B testing his programming; he understands the interplay between the real-life event, his social media footprint, and the ongoing projection of the online-offline media cycle better than most legacy news executives. As if urged by so many social media gurus, he tweets and posts enthusiastically and regularly with an “authenticity” that overrides the countervailing requirement for impulse control or sometimes even basic common sense. Ratings drive everything: followers, viewers, shares, audiences, attendees.