Twitter, Terrorism and Timing

Trump Shows His Trigger Finger

Imagine if the President of the United States was addicted to crack cocaine. All the responsible parties would be meeting to work on an intervention before he would either hurt himself, or hurt other people.

In this case, the social media platform Twitter has given Donald Trump the love that he maybe hasn’t been able to get in real life. The instantaneous high from his tweet “fans” is the drug he needs every day. The first thing those who care would attempt is separating the addicted from their drug.

To date, Donald Trump has tweeted more than 35,000 messages to his 31.8 million followers. To put that in perspective, if we assume they are all truly “fans,” that is only 10.2% of the population of the country. And we now know that besides the thousands of bots that have electronically attached themselves to the Donald wagon, people who actually hate him also follow him to see what the great one will tweet next. Just numbers.

Social media platforms are designed for a generation of people who are seeking instant gratification and the reward of believing that people like them. These narcissistic platforms reinforce viewpoints by showing a member only those things the service’s algorithm thinks are compatible with their likes, dislikes and responses. So, Trump only sees what he wants to see, just like a twelve-year-old middle schooler.

If the President used Twitter strategically to dispense his views on issues and to help explain the why behind some of his policies, one could argue that it wasn’t an addiction, but rather a tool in his multi-media box. At 35,000 tweets, however, we have a problem.

And we saw what happened when his reading comprehension didn’t sync up with the power of the presidential tweet when he attacked the Mayor of London. And we see him declare an incident as a terror attack, even before the smoke clears. His irresponsible actions move our country closer to the brink of a possible disaster.

His addiction, as he rightly says, doesn’t have the mainstream media filter and, in fact, has no filter whatsoever. The account @RealDonaldTrump has no official connection to the government and is a direct link to the brain of the President. And his tweeting late at night and early in the morning just might be downfall of this “great” man.

We saw the #Covfefe moment and his quick to the trigger to take credit for the Arab states declaration of Qatar blockade, when some believe the whole affair was motivated by a Russian hack of their news service; a fact that Mr. Know-It-All could have learned from his own intelligence services. By the way, the United States of America has a very important Air Force base in Qatar, a good reason to do your research before you broadcast your thoughts on the matter.

And then there is the matter of Trump’s “TRAVEL BAN” that the Supreme Court is considering. Why would the central figure in the case be on social media putting down his Justice Department and the ban itself? This lack of maturity is something we would reference to a person fifty-years younger.

The only way to deal with this kind of addiction is to take the phone away and send the boy to his room. If there was a legal way to take Trump’s Twitter account away, I would surely sign on to that law suit. As I have stated on these pages previously, a tweet is a legal document. A legal document with all the weight of something the President has signed or decreed.

Someone has to act on this issue, or we should remove the man from office.