As many of us heard with much disappointment, President Trump has postponed the much anticipated Fake News Awards that he announced on Jan 2. As we all sit and patiently await the announcement of who our president will deem worthy of the awards for The Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media, there is a question we should be asking ourselves as a country. Are Trump’s actions on social media professional enough for the position of president? Are they professional at all?
Social media accounts can tell a lot about a person. Trump’s accounts are no different. He repeatedly antagonizes people he is supposed to be working with. His comments are not usually valid in that he makes personal attacks against people’s bodies or belittles them by indicating he thinks they are stupid or lesser than him. This is no way to run a presidency because he has no clue how to work with the people he needs to work with to benefit this country, either at home or abroad. From President Trump’s Twitter, you can tell he chooses to separate people rather than bring them together in a way that is not beneficial to the office of our nation’s president American people.
Trump has repeatedly used his Twitter page for the purpose of making comments that could be attributed to someone much younger with a far less important position. Some of the most memorable of these would be the numerous times he referred to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “Crooked Hillary.” Belittling his opponent in the 2016 election in a way that was not based entirely on fact or professional in any way, yet the American people chose to put him in power anyways. I believe many have seen that he has not risen to the occasion of the presidency even after being elected.
It is also important to mention the time he called Clinton “the worst (and biggest) loser of all time.” Trump took every chance he could to rub his win in the face of Clinton and every other American who opposed him in the election rather than trying to mend bridges to work together in the future. The ability to work with others and calmly discuss issues is one of the most important aspects of the job of president, and Trump seems to choose to widen the gap between Democrats and Republicans.
Trump’s rhetoric online continuously seen to reinforce his inability to work together and compromise for the future of our nation and his inability to empathize with all Americans, not just the ones who identify with his views.
We cannot fail to acknowledge the time he called the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, “short and fat” in an attempt at retaliation. After all of Trump’s jabs at Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea announced in a televised speech that the United States should know that he has a nuclear button on the table. Trump’s reaction was nothing less than what we have come to expect of him. He responded by tweeting “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
With the current state of public relations created by the Trump presidency, I am afraid for the safety of United States citizens. Many Americans have stated a fear that nuclear war could occur in the not-so-distant future, but that possibility should not be made into a reality because of the immature, inflammatory statements made by our nation’s president.
Social media is a way to express yourself, share opinions and ideas, and bring people together, and everyone should have an opportunity to do that. Trump has proven many times that he does not know how to use his social media accounts in a way that one would expect from a president. While I do not believe anyone should be able to take away Donald Trump’s ability to have a social media account, I do believe we should be looking at the actions of our president and asking ourselves if he has the character, tact, and professionalism to be our president. To me the answer is obvious.