By Ryan Andrew | USA
Throughout the 2016 campaign, I was a big fan of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. I had “Make America Great Again” posters on my walls, defended him in countless debates, and even went as far as to make calls for his campaign. However, there’s always been one thing I have constantly detested about the President; he doesn’t know when to shut up.
Let’s face it, Trump is obsessed with Twitter. He posts numerous times a day, picks fights with anyone who will pay him any attention, and makes controversial statements on the daily. Despite social media being one of the best ways for the President to actually connect with Americans, he continues to say outlandish things that people do not like. In fact, a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that nearly 70% of voters think “Trump uses Twitter too much.” Even 53% of polled Republicans believed this, showing that this is not a belief held by just leftists but a belief held by the majority of Americans.
So far, Trump has not been a bad president, as he’s made many steps in the right directions. From ISIS losing more and more to the stock market hitting all-time highs, this past year has not been as terrible as one might think if they listened to only the mainstream media. Yes, news companies like CNN or MSNBC do hold a left-wing, anti-Trump bias, however, the President (and his supporters) should blame himself for a part of this. It is Trump himself who Tweeted out back in May, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Something like this should not be Tweeted out by the President, the leader of the free world. He needs to know that this is not acceptable. Besides, he’s been in the spotlight long enough to know that a comment like this will get him attacked by the media.
Furthermore, if Trump used Twitter the correct way, he really could use it to connect with millions of Americans. Millennials, one of the groups Trump has struggled the most with make up a large portion of Twitter’s users. One poll over the 2016 campaign found that Trump had the support of only one out of every four millennials, compared to Hillary Clinton who had the support of 60%. They feel that he is a sexist, a racist, and just an overall “bigot.” Whether he is or not, the way Trump portrays himself on social media has played a big part in making people feel this way about him. Back in June, the President Tweeted out, “I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came….to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Trump then goes out and complains that he is getting attacked for being a sexist when in reality he brought those attacks on himself.
In conclusion, Donald Trump may be a good president, however, it is hard for people to come out in support of him when he is Tweeting out all of these stupid things. He needs to either thinking before hitting the “post button,” or he needs to give up on Twitter altogether. If he does either one of these, the media will stop attacking him so much and his approval rating will climb.