Donald J. Trump was off the Twitter trail for 11 whole minutes.
Damn, anyway! Why couldn’t he have been taken off for keeps? Alas, it was not to be.
But the unplugging of Trump’s Twitter feed has raised serious questions that need some equally serious answers.
How did an individual get hold of Trump’s account to disable it if only for a few minutes?
What are the ramifications, particularly when the president tweets out actually federal government policy using that particular social medium?
Does this call into question the wisdom of the Leader of the Free World using this medium in such cavalier fashion?
Oh, the dangers of conducting policy by tweet.
The debate has turned ideological. Conservatives blame the takedown on a rogue Twitter employee who did it on his or her last day on the job. They also complain that Twitter is more tolerant of liberals than conservatives and believe the president’s Twitter account was targeted only because he espouses conservative policies.
I prefer to focus on the very notion of the president of the United States using this medium in the manner that he does. He ought simply to just back off and not get so intimately involved with Twitter. He says he uses it to speak directly to Americans. Hogwash!
If that is his goal, then he ought to issue daily policy statements through the White House communications office.
Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, to my mind, only illustrates how vulnerable he is to the kind of chicanery that someone conducted. It also illustrates the extreme danger of these social media messages getting into the wrong hands.
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