A Trump Treasury of Tweets, Part 5

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President Donald J. Trump. Photo credit: The White House / YouTube
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“Actions speak louder than Tweets, but not nearly as often.” Mark Twain

“The lady doth Tweeteth too much, methinks.” William Shakespeare

“Tweets empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” Homer


Welcome to our fifth Trump Treasury of Tweets. We like to take these occasional opportunities to reflect on the large and varied collection of tweets that the president has shared with the world, and pick out our favorites.

Some people take offense at the president’s way of communicating, and dislike how he expresses himself on Twitter. They use fancy adjectives like “boorish” and “uncouth” and “uncultivated.” But as the president himself has shown us, sometimes you have to disregard common sense and what everyone else is telling you and look directly into the sun, even if it’s hard to do.

That’s called a life lesson.

Here’s another one: the president sometimes gets a pass. There’s a lot of talk right now about Silicon Valley and censorship. Just recently Twitter suspended a popular poster who made a bad joke trolling white supremacists. But when you’re the president and you threaten the destruction of another sovereign nation, well, we apparently just have to understand that there are “big people” rules and “little people” rules.

Besides, what is Twitter supposed to do? Suspend the President of the United States of America?

And seriously, the president is the last person you should be concerned about did not Melania Trump express her wish to fight cyberbullying? Would she really lead an anti-cyberbullying campaign if her husband were, himself, one of the biggest cyberbullies around? That sounds like something a Hollywood-type would come up with for a reality-TV show plot.

We have no doubt that historians and political scientists and psychologists will be studying these tweets many years from now to better understand the many sides of President Donald Trump: Trump the commander-in-chief. Trump the family man. Trump the reality-TV star. Trump the casino mogul. Trump the evangelical. Trump the golfer.

History is happening right in front of our eyes, and we get to participate through the power of Twitter. Heck, you can tweet right back at the president if you like. There’s even a chance he may see it at 5 a.m. when he’s curiously awake and tweeting — while he takes care of other presidential business.

That’s what participatory democracy is all about.

In case you missed our past collections, you can check out here parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!



Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Trump’s watch solar eclipse (C-SPAN).

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