Trump and Tweeting — helpful or hurtful to presidential image?


Sophie Gilliland, Online Editor-in-Chief

President Donald Trump usually starts his day by posting his thoughts on Twitter — usually his uncensored reaction to critics who express outrage over his politics or actions.

“If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the ‘bad’ would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad ‘dudes’ out there!” Trump said in a recent tweets regarding the protests because of his executive order known as the “Muslim ban.”

Some of Trump’s tweets contribute to people’s negative views of him and their expectation of him as a president.

“People will automatically think he’s not professional, but he won’t be [unprofessional] as a president,” junior Joshua Ortiz said. “His tweets reflect his character and how he will respond to people.”

Some of Trump’s tweets are interpreted as inflammatory or overly defensive and and some believe they serve as evidence that he will act similarly during his time as president. Other people think that they don’t reflect what his term as president will be like, but simply serve as a way of getting the American people to pay attention to him and support him.

“It shows that he is not a traditional politician,” junior Rajan Nathaniel said. “I think [his tweets were] just to get the American populous’s attention more than anything and it kind of worked.”

Whether Trump’s intention is to gain attention or to simply share his strong opinions on things, his use of Twitter and caps lock is not that of normal politicians trying to gather support among their electorate.

“I think it’s not presidential or not professional the way he kind of attacks people on Twitter,” Ortiz said.

“I think [his tweets] did help his polls definitely through gaining the attention of the American people,” Nathaniel said. “But it’s really informal in the way that he does so.”

After the Golden Globe Awards and actress Meryl Streep’s speech criticizing the president, Trump responded by attacking her and defending himself against her criticism.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a ….. Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) … ” Trump said in two out of his three tweets regarding the criticism.

“To me it’s like a teenage girl ranting about his problems or what he thinks is wrong with the world,” junior Cristian Gonzalez said. “But honestly he needs to show authority better.”

Whether Trump’s tweets are childish or to gain the attention of voters and whether or not they are effective is arguable but they do undeniably set him apart from other politicians and previous presidents.