By Stephanie Lingenfelter
Editor in Chief
The influence of social media has slithered its way into our White House and it needs to leave. President Donald Trump has now become notorious for his controversial tweets. While social media does allow politicians to reach a wider audience, it needs to be used in a regulated and appropriate manner.
Most of Trump’s advisors are completely against his tweets. They have started calling his bedroom where most of the tweets are formulated the “devil’s workshop” and the time in which he tweets “witching hour,” according to Wired. In a survey conducted by Wired, 64 percent of males and 72 percent of females found Trump’s use of Twitter inappropriate. Most people don’t like it, so why does Trump keep doing it? All he’s doing is causing increased tension between political parties and making more enemies. The tension between parties is already tremendous, so our president shouldn’t be adding to it with 240 character messages.
Some political scientists have speculated that Trump’s tweets could be the trigger to start an actual war. He enjoys tweeting about North Korea and his fictional button that will send nuclear bombs to the country. In one tweet he said, “Will someone from his depleted and food starving regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my button works!” Releasing nuclear weapons is complex with safety protocols more complicated than a push of a button. Obviously, Kim Jong Un and other country leaders have access to Twitter and can see everything Trump tweets out. If he’s not careful, one of his tweets could be the final straw.
According to USA Today, Melania Trump’s focus as first lady is cyber bullying, but her husband is participating in that himself. Trump enjoys calling out other politicians, celebrities and journalists if they disagree with him. Some of the tweets are borderline slander and usually attack the person’s character versus political beliefs. Even if someone’s opinion differs from his, Trump doesn’t need to be tweeting out that listening to someone for 10 minutes will give you a headache, like he did about Carly Fiorina, according to The Guardian. Fiorina originally was a presidential candidate in 2016, but stepped down to become Ted Cruz’s running mate. His tweet had nothing to do with beliefs and was just rude. According to Fortune, he also tweeted, “Interesting how President Obama so haltingly said I ‘would never be president’-This from perhaps the worst president in U.S. history!” Again, nothing to do with political views or actual facts and instead just a personal attack against someone who ran our country perfectly fine for eight years. All of his tweets remind me of a petty teenager’s.
Most of Trump’s tweets barely have anything to do with his job. For example, he recently tweeted out attacking Nike for their new ad featuring NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been kneeling during the national anthem, leading to major controversy. The ad says, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Some people, including Trump, don’t like the message it sends because they think Nike is supporting the kneeling as well. Trump, of course, took to Twitter to share his disapproval with the world, but it doesn’t have much to do with his job. An athlete using his First Amendment right isn’t nearly as important as taxes, foreign affairs and our economy.
Social media good for informing citizens about new legislation or other political events, but it should only be used for that. There should be a special committee or person in charge of tweeting out the updates instead of Trump, which would guarantee the appropriate use of social media.
Twitter should only be used professionally by our government officials and not as a place to cyber bully and vent. Trump should focus on running the country and commanding the military.