Debate:Should President Trump stop tweeting?
Via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, Trump established a massive direct link to the American public unfiltered by the mainstream media. His social media audience was about 45 million people at the time of his inauguration in January 2017. Trump has used his social media platform for, among other things, criticizing political correctness and gun control.
President Trump himself noted that he could "get the honest and unfiltered message out" through Twitter, and he wrote on the social media site that "if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH." Although opposed by the establishment, President Trump's use of Twitter was supported by his base.
However, White House staffers have found his tweets to be inconsistent with their talking points and distracting from efforts to advance the President's agenda.
On June 11, 2017, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was interviewed on CBS Face the Nation and said that President Trump's tweets "feeds that lynch mob [mentality in the press]. You're your own worst enemy here, Mr. President. Knock it off."
Yes, stop tweeting
No, continue to tweet
It's better that way, especially considering the so-called Main Stream Media will just make up any outrages regarding Trump anyways. At least with tweets, we get the information via word of mouth. Pokeria1 (talk) 21:57, 26 June 2017 (EDT)
- This is one of the best ways any president has found to successfully circumvent the bias of the MSM. He can communicate what he wants, not just what they want. Can he slip up and say things which can be used against him or misunderstood? Sure, but he can still get his messages through to the voters that are willing to listen. --David B (TALK) 23:54, 26 June 2017 (EDT)
- I agree completely that Trump should continue tweeting. What will happen if he stops? The MSM will take over the narrative and demonize Trump into being a Putin Puppet, a billionaire who does not care about the poor, a liar, etc. Trump must continue to tweet to get the message out to the people that he wants to communicate. The MSM will not do that fairly, and the conservative media is not influential enough to do that. --1990'sguy (talk) 02:34, 27 June 2017 (EDT)
- It's the establishment RINO GOP that opposes Trump's tweeting, along with the Dems. The establishment RINO GOP don't know how to win (or, they want Trump to lose), and the Dems know how to make Republicans lose. --1990'sguy (talk) 02:36, 27 June 2017 (EDT)
- Steeve, Dustin (January 17, 2017). Donald Trump’s Social Media Use Is Key To Sidelining The Press. The Federalist. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
- Feldscher, Kyle (June 4, 2017). Trump slams 'political correctness' and gun control activists after London attacks. The Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
- Miller, S.A. (June 6, 2017). Trump vows to continue tweeting: ‘I can get the honest and unfiltered message out’. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- Quinn, Melissa (June 6, 2017). Trump: Media hates my 'honest and unfiltered' Twitter messages. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- Miller, S.A. (June 6, 2017). Trump supporters urge him to keep tweeting and taking on the establishment. Washington Times. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- ""You're your own worst enemy here, Mr. President," Graham tells Trump", CBS News, June 11, 2017. Retrieved on June 15, 2017.