Get to work, off Twitter
We smirk to ourselves when we see our future selfabsorbed generation snapping “selfies” to send to their friends, taking videos of their pets and tweeting their thoughts on every conceivable issue.
“Get off Twitter and get to work” is probably something that many parents say to their teens in 2016.
Perhaps its time for America to give the 45th president the same advice.
Let’s recap how President-elect Donald Trump — who is set to assume the highest office in the nation in eight weeks and still has an immense amount of work to do to prepare for his administration’s first days, including naming more than 15 department level heads — chose to spend at least some of his time over the past week.
On Saturday and Sunday, Trump sent out a flurry of tweets denouncing the Green Party’s efforts to launch recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, after it cited concerns about voting machine hacking from a third-party like Russia. The president-elect may understandably be perturbed about another candidate questioning the legitimacy of his election — although we’d have to believe that he sowed those seeds with his “rigged election” campaign — but Trump won, and the moral high ground should be the path forward here.
Not to leave that issue alone, however, Trump also tweeted out Saturday that he would have also won the election’s popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” citing instances of voter fraud in Virginia, North Carolina and California without proof.
It’s a conspiracy championed by alt-right websites based on a supposed analysis of 180 million voter registrations by an organization called VoteFraud. The only problem? VoteFraud apparently did no such report, according to PolitiFact, an award-winning fact-checking site, which debunked the story more than a week before Trump’s tweeting. Experts on election laws similarly dismissed the idea that millions could have nefariously cast ballots without authorities recognizing them.
Whether our next president chooses to believe it or not, more citizens didn’t vote for him than did. It makes no difference as to the legitimacy of his presidency, but should serve as a check on his belief that his win was a mandate from the people.
Now, if Trump had simply left it at the dozen or so tweets he personally put out on those issues, we may just chalk it up to the president-elect responding to criticism lobbed his way … but he didn’t.
After CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny reported on Trump’s tweets and said campaign sources told him that the ticket’s popular vote loss has been weighing on Trump, the president-elect went a bit kooky. Over the past 48 hours, he’s spent time retweeting a series of random Twitter accounts, including a 16-year-old, that bashed Zeleny for not uncovering a non-existent conspiracy.
Why is it that the president-elect has a mounting pile of work to be done in a decreasing number of days and he’s trolling Twitter, calling out his haters?
The American people elected you to fix what has become so broken in this country, to fix why the American Dream feels like it is getting farther away rather than closer. Taunting your critics on social media isn’t going to get that done.
So get off Twitter and get to work.