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Brutally Honest: Mr. President is at it again. Shocker.
At what point are people going to realize his Twitter is toxic?
Sophia Carson is a freshman public relations major who writes "Brutally Honest” for The Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
In a whirlwind of tweets and videos, President Donald Trump has come for everyone at least once.
For those who don’t know, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump after a redacted memo created by the White House was released of a call where Trump asked Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up some dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The whistleblower who released the transcript claimed Trump was using the “power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” More recently, a second whistleblower claimed to have “first-hand knowledge” about the issue but has yet to come out with a formal statement.
Given his reputation, it isn’t hard to believe Trump would use his power to get his way. It’s more about whether or not the statement is true. Trump is making sure everyone knows, or thinks, the Democrats are going through all this havoc just to “undermine the President,” Republican Rep. Mark Green of Michigan said.
Trump always takes to Twitter to express his extreme dismay with any situation, and this impeachment inquiry makes this rather apparent. This is not how any elected official, let alone the president, should act. It proves how childish, uninformed and unprofessional he really is.
Trump’s presence on Twitter is a large one, and that’s why the way he tweets is such a big deal. According to his Twitter page, since 2009, Trump has tweeted approximately 45,000 times — rounded. If you do the math, he tweets roughly 4,500 times a year, which then divides to about 12 tweets per day — give or take, obviously. And that 12 doesn’t include the mass of retweets as well.
He’s been tweeting links and videos, retweeting fans and creating his own quotable masterpieces, such as, “There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have,” and my personal favorite: “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”
He’s blamed the Democrats with all the hate in his little tweeting fingers by creating creative hashtags like “#fakewhistleblower” and “#DONOTHINGDEMS.” It’s entertaining, yet also terrifying, how much of an influence his idiotic words actually have.
It also matters that he is spreading false information as well. Trump tweeted Oct. 5 that Mitt Romney, Utah’s senator, should be impeached because of Romney’s criticism of Trump’s handling of the Ukraine situation. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Civil officers can be impeached, but senators are not civil officers. Senators can be expelled or censured though, as Article I, Section 5 says, "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."
I know what you’re thinking: Trump messed up the terminology. So what? But listen, he is the President of the United States. He is the man that has power over the entire country. He should know simple things like this, even if they’re not entirely common knowledge.
The whole situation is even more funny if you stop and actually watch some of the statements he’s made. My favorite would definitely have to be a clip from Fox News he tweeted Sept. 30 where he said, “Adam Schiff made up a phone call and he read it to Congress, and he read it to the people of the United States, and it’s a disgrace. This whole thing is a disgrace.”
This alone is a downright knee slapper. He sounds like a middle schooler attempting to defend himself to a teacher after getting into a fight with another kid over stealing some crayons at craft time.
I want to make the whole clip my ringtone. I love it.
Looking from a left side perspective, the way Trump’s administration is defending him makes absolutely no sense. In the videos he shared on Twitter from Fox and ABC News, he abundantly avoids questions and just fires shots at Biden. His administration made it all about ensuring the people know that Trump said Biden got a prosecutor fired, and his son had received money immorally.
I wish for once in basically the entire history of politics, we the people could get an honest, straightforward answer from the officials we are supposed to be able to trust with running an entire country. But I guess that’s too much to ask for.
Social media is a good platform and all, but when do we draw the line? It’s clear Trump’s Twitter hasn’t done much for the greater good. He doesn’t use it as an informational platform. He uses it to poke at sleeping bears and make fun of the opposing party.
Trump’s tweets are literally presidential records. President Barack Obama passed a law during his second term in office that expands on the Federal Records Act to include electronic records. Even deleted or altered posts are required to be saved by officials in case they’re needed later. If he keeps tweeting with no thought, his characters could be used against him in court, or worse, affect those who have to live under his stupidity.
The president should be more controlled on Twitter, if not for the controversy and spreading of misinformation, then at least for the spelling mistakes and spam. But by all means, Mr. President, keep tweeting. It’s not like the nature and status of our country is at stake or anything.