Trump, Twitter, Trouble…Oh My!

I’ve been quite zealous and critical of President Trump since he entered office, and even before. It’s clear that I am not a fan of his actions, positions, priorities etc. And over the past few months it’s clear my frustration is growing especially on my social media platforms.

Now unlike many, I enjoy conversations with people on my social media platforms over what I post and share. I’m fortunate enough to have a large number of friends with a wide range of views. Each time we chat, I learn a lot and I hope they learn from me too. Those who are different than me in opinion, definitely challenge men, but while we don’t agree all the time with each other, for me, it helps me understand where they are coming from.

 

That being said, I was chatting with the BFFs this past weekend and all that was going on with the President and I found myself coming to this conclusion:

 

Even if I vehemently disagree with his agenda; if only he took the Presidential role with a resemblance of dignity and responsibility I’d be able to respect him and my posts wouldn’t be filled with such frustration and disrespect for the man.

Let’s be honest…Kid President has been more presidential than President Trump for the most part.

 

Now, the job of President of the United States is a beast, I admit, and I’d never be able to take it on. He is an American citizen and has stepped up to lead and should have respect for that. (Which is why I always do my best to refer to him as President Trump and not just Trump). He’s an American citizen who holds all the same rights and privileges for freedom of speech as I do. (Which is why I’m all about his ability to respond). Push back against the media or your opponents if you feel you need to. Defend yourself when it is needed in order to not detract from the legislative agenda. Absolutely defend your family if threats are made against them.

But he’s also the President of the United States of America and that requires some editing before posting.

My message to President Trump: GROW UP. Do NOT respond with childish posts, calling names and gifs.

Push back with facts. Push back with a mature educated response. Push back with a response that takes the high road that moves the debate and conversation forward and not in a circle. Don’t make it all about you.

Now, some say this is a political tactic for President Trump to get policy and actions through under the radar. That while the media is fixated on the #fakenews act, the Trump Administration is moving forward with holding to their campaign promises.

I’m all about pivoting and throwing up surface issues to give heavy issues some cover when needed. I understand it. But it’s the rampant childishness that the Trump Administration is using which just infuriates me.

5737423571_0a7accb35a_bNow I’ve learned to not call out a problem without offering a solution. So let me provide some alternative responses for President Trump’s Twitter over the past few weeks:

In response to biased media:

Every side has a perspective but the Trump Administration is working hard to accomplish the promises we made to the American people

In response to call for information on voters:

It is our hope that all states work with us in our efforts to prevent voter fraud in any way they can.

In response to Kathy Griffin’s graphic beheading of the President:

‪1st Amendment takes many forms & is fundamental right. But I ask for son Barron & grandkids, that @kathygriffin edit content of disagreement‬

In response to Morning Joe

Morning Joe is a tough critic but it is my hope they hear us out for our side regardless if it agrees with our legislative agenda.

The President is more than within his right to respond and to proffer his opinions. But I do expect him to do it in a mature and responsible way that reflects the Office of the President of the United States of America.

My perspective: With great tools such as social media and great positions such as the President of the United State, comes great responsibility

I will continue to vehemently disagree and rally against his agenda and policies but if he is mature and responsible with his communication platforms then I will feel that at least the leader of the United States is taking his role seriously and truly wishes to move the United States forward in the way he thinks is best.

Just some thoughts as I watch CNN this morning with my first coffee of the day.

Until next time

Peace, Love and Pandas!

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About bdproffer

I am currently the Assistant Manager for the University Activities Board at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer for Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
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