Perhaps one of the most troubling aspects of Trump’s leadership (or lack thereof) is the fact his number one preferred method of communication is Twitter.
Twitter is a great way to get your point across in a high-speed world, where time and conciseness matter. But let’s be honest with one another – it’s a terrible way for the leader of the free world to communicated with that world.
There are two huge problems with Trump’s use of Twitter.
- He is hyper-reactive. Because Trump doesn’t think about things before he says something, it usually comes out harsh, crass, and often incorrect.
- Couple that with the fact that Twitter is quick and easy. This allows (or perhaps even compels) Trump to immediately takes to Twitter after a thought comes to his mind, and you have the recipe for disaster. Completely unnecessary provocations, and even impeachable offenses have occurred via Trump’s Twitter feed.
Trump’s use of Twitter harms the diplomatic processes in matters of foreign affairs, and risks further divisiveness and polarization because of his inflammatory, entertainment-based rhetoric.
Perhaps no one knew this better than President Obama, who while on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton reacted to the news that a Trump staffer had confiscated his Twitter account before he self-imploded:
In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self-control they said we are just going to take away your Twitter. Now, if somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes.
If somebody starts tweeting at three in the morning because SNL made fun of you, then you can’t handle the nuclear codes.
Now that we’re 100 days in, do you fell better? Do you have warm-fuzzies about Trump?