I read an article today in the WSJ about Trump supporters who are on the fence about him now. The article cited two different supporters who expressed concern about Trump’s tweeting. That struck me as odd. That‘s the thing that gives these Trump supporters pause? Also, it didn’t ring true to me, especially since in a recent conversation with one of my sisters she mentioned a few times that Trump’s tweeting is the thing she likes most about him. She feels it’s his end-run around the media and she loves it! It doesn’t get less fake–or more real–than @realDonaldTrump! So my “agenda alert” went off.
Are we being prepared for Trump to withdraw into the confines of the White House, loathe to give press conferences and now reining in the tweets? That’s what I thought at the end of the first article I read this morning. By the end of section A, two more articles–both opinion pieces–called attention to the damage done by Trump’s tweets. More agenda alerts! (Might have to start a hashtag after this!)
This is a bummer. First Trump says no more drain the swamp, then that we should build the wall on spec, now we may lose the twitter feed? I don’t think this administration is going to be nearly as fun as the campaign was 😦
Here are the articles–all from Section A of the January 19, 2017, Wall Street Journal.
Don’t let the first article’s title–and subtitle–fool you–almost the entire article is about Trump’s use of twitter.
Trump Voters Harbor Mixed Feelings Ahead of Inauguration
Evolving view of president-elect among ambivalent supporters could tip the balance of public opinion
…Ms. Forster, a 52-year-old attorney, voted for Mr. Trump mostly because she didn’t want Democrat Hillary Clinton to win. Now she is nervously watching as he prepares to enter the White House. She likes some of his cabinet picks, but isn’t pleased with his penchant for sending harsh tweets about everything from the U.S. intelligence community to actress Meryl Streep….
Despite complaints from supporters, Mr. Trump shows no sign of giving up his use of Twitter. In a weekend interview with the Times of London, Mr. Trump said, “the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press, so dishonestly, that I can put out [on] Twitter” a fast response that is viewed by millions….
As of now, voters generally are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Many are pleased with his cabinet picks, but are uneasy with his attacks on people and broad, often confusing, statements of policy that he circulates on Twitter…
“So far I think he’s doing a decent job,” said Matt Triplett, 47, a Republican salesman in Dublin, Ohio. “But I sure wish he’d get off Twitter. The guy is a loose cannon. I’m going to sit back and be entertained by what’s going to be transpiring. But it’s a little unnerving.”
At least the following article by Karl Rove is honest about wanting Trump off twitter…
A Perfect Sign-Off for @RealDonaldTrump
Now that he’s taking office, he should finally give up his Twitter account.
…Which brings us to Mr. Trump’s Twitter account. What voters tolerated during the campaign now seems inappropriate for a presidential transition and is likely to be thought unacceptable once Mr. Trump takes office. As a candidate, he could punch down at lesser figures and comment carelessly on foreign leaders. But if President Trump continues this in the Oval Office, he will lessen his stature, move markets, poison relationships, and encourage adversaries to make miscalculations.
On this, at least, Americans agree. Fifty-three percent say Mr. Trump’s actions since Election Day have made them “less confident in his ability to serve as president,” according to a Jan. 15 poll by CNN and ORC. More than eight in 10 respondents in a Dec. 5 survey by the Pew Research Center said President Trump “will need to be more cautious about the kinds of things he says and tweets.” Only 15% said that “there is no need for him to change.” The message? End the compulsive tweeting and, especially, the Twitter wars.
This article by Daniel Henninger seems to take a shot at Trump’s twitter for the heck of it…
The Trump Question
Will his presidency produce a new order or merely more disorder?
People seem both amused and unnerved by Mr. Trump’s social-media compulsions. We know that social media disrupts. What else it does at the summit of political power is not clear. One wonders if the hard, daily work by his colleagues to restore world order or a proper constitutional relationship between governing elites and the governed will be hampered by the turbulence of the Twitter storms.
I don’t necessarily think Trump will announce he is shutting down his twitter account but I do believe this is foreshadowing something….#WTWOF #AgendaAlert