To tweet or not to tweet—that is the question. Actually, it is a three-part question:
(1) Does President Trump have the right to tweet? The answer is absolutely. Whether you are a multi-billionaire or a homeless person, freedom of speech is a constitutionally protected right. One does not surrender that right when one assumes elected office.
(2) Should President Trump tweet? The answer is—that’s his prerogative! Many so-called “pundits”—some of whom are supportive of President Trump, and others who are vehemently antagonistic to the President—have advised him not to. If the mass media were fair and unbiased (which they’re obviously not) and if the mass media reported the news objectively (which they obviously do not), there would be no need to tweet. But under the present circumstances, tweeting may be the only way to counter the mass media’s daily barrage of hate, lies, and fake news.
(3) What should be the focus of President Trump’s tweets? Unfortunately, this is where President Trump has gone astray. Instead of focusing on his relevant agenda—securing our border, defunding sanctuary cities, repealing and replacing “Obamacare”, pulling the United States out of trade “deals” not in the best interests of our country, etc.—President Trump allows himself to get bogged down in irrelevant personal commentary with his enemies. The truth is there are so many vile and deceitful vermin in the mass media (ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, et al), the Hollywood elites, and the far-left Democrat Party, that to respond to each of their vicious attacks individually would detract from the real issues facing our nation. So my advice to President Trump would be not to simply ignore the vicious personal attacks, but rather to respond to them generically (by noting the existence of “more hate, lies. and fake news”) and move on to addressing the real issues for which he was elected by the American people.
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not An Echo”