Twitter and Trump- A Presidential Problem?

When you think of addiction, what comes to mind for most of us is drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. But in the 21st century-in 2017-addiction has broadened its form of psychological and physical habits to, wait for it…

Social media.

On April 30, 1789, our first president of the United States, George Washington, was inaugurated. Communication by the president to citizens was limited to letters, newspapers and the evolution of the Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution.

Around 228 years later, Donald Trump has been elected as our 45th president of the United States. And our president’s go-to source for communicating with the people? Twitter.

Where once the citizens of our nation may have rarely seen or heard from their president in the late 1700’s, today we tend to hear too much via the rapid advances in technology as President Trump tweets through his emotions about celebrities, former presidents and his personal favorite, the media.

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Regardless of whether it’s President Trump’s fingers doing the typing or those of a staff member’s, President Trump has had a say in 34.6 thousand tweets. In the past 30 days, President Trump has posted 104 tweets, which translates to an average of 4 tweets per day, according to Twittercounter.com. And while it’s beneficial for American citizens and others around the globe to gain instant access and information directly from one of the most powerful leaders in the world, it can also be potentially misleading or misunderstood.

It’s quick and easy to make major policy announcements via Twitter’s 140-character limit without having to provide details or to make claims without backing them with facts. It’s become second-nature for the president to start or join in on a “Twitter war” with celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, J.K. Rowling and Mark Cuban. Within 24 hours, our president is feuding with a celebrity on Twitter and then tweeting about bringing back car production to the U.S.

Where supporters may view the president as standing his ground and sticking to his promises through updates on his Twitter account, others may see his continuous tweeting as unprofessional and vague.

But as U.S. citizens, aren’t we capable of digging deeper and researching the truth? Something that wasn’t possible for our ancestors in our country’s founding years. So, ignore the president’s rants on celebrities and seek the facts when President Trump tweets about policies affecting our future.

Whether our president tweets in anger, excitement, hope or disappointment, we have the power and tools to fact-check and uncover truth.

-JL Smith

Photograph source: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

3 thoughts on “Twitter and Trump- A Presidential Problem?

  1. I think his constant tweeting is beyond professional and problematic. It’s really unnecessary as well, he started this entire “wire tapping” scandal from a tweet, and now there is a senate hearing for it. Really bizarre. I enjoyed the links within the text in this article!

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  2. It is surprising how the leader of our country goes to Twitter to express his opinion. He does have to realize that can be problematic because everything can be hacked these days and that can cause a fiasco worse than when he wanted Hillary’s e-mail server checked. Now recently with the whole wire tapping accusation, the American people need to believe in a leader who can back up a claim. Otherwise, who looks foolish?

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  3. I think this is such an interesting post for addiction. When I think of social media as an addiction, I would equate it a time-management issue rather than what you are suggesting, so I found your perspective enlightening and different.

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