Bet­ter use for Twit­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

What if Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump used Twit­ter to hold up acts of kind­ness in­stead of at­tack­ing those who have of­fended his del­i­cate sen­si­tiv­i­ties? What if he high­lighted what’s great about this coun­try?

Con­sider the im­pact two re­cent sto­ries on so­cial me­dia might have had on the pres­i­dent’s nearly 40 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

There’s Andy Mitchell, who no­ticed young Justin Korva walk­ing along a road on a 95-de­gree day in Rock­wall, Texas. He of­fered Korva a ride and learned that the 20-year-old made the 3-mile walk to and from work each day. Mitchell re­counted the ex­pe­ri­ence on Face­book, prompt­ing strangers to do­nate more than $5,000 to buy Korva a car.

Then there’s Ma­jor League Base­ball um­pire John Tumpane, who grabbed a 23-year-old woman who had hopped over the rail­ing of a bridge in Pitts­burgh and ap­peared to be plan­ning to take her life. “You’ll for­get me to­mor­row,” the woman said, ask­ing Tumpane to let her go. “I’ll never for­get you,” he told her. “You can have my prom­ise on that.”

Trump’s use of Twit­ter am­pli­fies his voice while re­veal­ing his char­ac­ter. He comes across as a self-ab­sorbed, in­se­cure bully—the an­tithe­sis of Andy Mitchell and John Tumpane.

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