POTUS Twitter: Online Diplomacy Debate
Prior to being elected President of the United States, Donald Trump’s tweets were nothing more than the opinions and ramblings of a celebrity show host and real estate mogul. Now, these tweets have the power to start wars, cut ties with organizations and countries America has been allied with for years, and to influence the public sphere in a very direct manner.
Although many important government figures choose to let staff manage their social media, Mr. Trump has elected not to up to this point. Even if public figures do choose to manage their own accounts, their tweets appear in a more professional manner, discussing the figure’s policies and goals rather than discussing whether or not Robert Pattinson should break up with Kristen Stewart [discussed in tweets made by Trump in October and November of 2012].
Barack Obama’s twitter is managed by staff, although personal tweets are signed with his initials. Senator Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton follow the same suit. Although Speaker of the house Paul Ryan’s Twitter account is managed by his office, it does not specify tweets that are written by himself.
Despite this, Trump and his cabinet have left his twitter unmoderated. This is illustrated by Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the FBI’s intelligence report claiming that Russia had interfered with the US Election, which begs the question: Should Donald Trump have a moderated, professional twitter?
“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes, Trump said on twitter, “ She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”
Whether or not Trump mocked a disabled reporter is still a debated topic, but there is not denying that his tweets are riddled with spelling and grammar errors, as demonstrated in this tweet:
“26,000 unreported sexual assults [not a spelling error on the Clypian’s part] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Trump said on twitter in May, 2013
One student even went as far as to say that he should remove his twitter from the internet entirely.
“I feel like he should delete his twitter account, Alivia Hart ‘16 said. “From what I’ve seen, it’s not good stuff that he’s tweeting about, especially not stuff the the president should be saying.”