Unpresidential use of Twitter
In the space of a week, the president-elect used Twitter to attack Boeing and Chuck Jones, a Carrier union boss, who in news reports expressed disagreement with Donald Trump.
Twitter, designated as “social” media, is designed to communicate passing thoughts, ideas and emotions. Character count is limited to a mere sentence or two. There’s no space for detail, rationale, explanation or a thoughtful response. The president-elect uses Twitter as an attack weapon to impugn the reputation of businesses and individuals and to disseminate inaccurate information. His advisers, rather than discouraging this behavior, are pleased that the president-elect is attracting extensive TV, radio, print and internet coverage, even if his statements are not true.
The president-elect’s impulsive tweeting runs the risk of creating upset, chaos, misunderstanding and offense nationally and globally. Are we going to let this imprudent, bullying, un-presidential and dangerous activity continue for the next four years?