Donald Trump was the reason I began using Twitter. When I found out he was using Twitter to communicate directly with people, it intrigued me. I am a journalist. I’ve covered enough events and speeches to know how the media acts as a filter. To hear the words of the President of the United States without the filter of journalists’ interpretations was irresistible.
Following @realDonaldTrump led to me following other U.S. political pundits, and then to Canadian politics. It has even provided a window into some other groups in which I have an interest but no personal connections.
Donald Trump has shaken up the world of politics in many ways, especially by the way he uses social media. He was one of the first to employ “Twitter diplomacy.”
One of the most disturbing aspects of Trump’s use of Twitter, to my mind, is how he uses it to bully people. He engages in name-calling and threats – despicable behavior for a person in a position of authority.
But he goes further than simple online bullying, according to The New York Times. Trump reportedly uses his social media clout to overrule staff and advisors.
An article in the Times on Nov. 2 stated:
“In the Oval Office, an annoyed President Trump ended an argument he was having with his aides. He reached into a drawer, took out his iPhone and threw it on top of the historic Resolute Desk:
“Do you want me to settle this right now?”
There was no missing Mr. Trump’s threat that day in early 2017, the aides recalled. With a tweet, he could fling a directive to the world, and there was nothing they could do about it.New York Times, Nov. 2
The article goes on to say that Trump uses the threat of Twitter “to break through logjams, overrule or humiliate recalcitrant advisers and pre-empt his staff.”
Perhaps speaking directly to the public via Twitter has backfired for Trump. Instead of the media downplaying his eccentricities out of respect for his office, his own words have revealed his character (and his poor communication skills, but that’s a discussion for another time).
While social media can provide a very sanitized image of celebrities, in some cases it shows a person’s true colors. Can you think of any other celebrity personas who have shown negative personality traits? Seems to me most of them have more sense.