I want to hand out a compliment of sorts to Donald Trump.
Yes, I continue to oppose this man’s presence in the White House as president. However, I have to give him credit where it’s due. He has taken Twitter to a new phase of ubiquitous presence.
He used the social media platform to communicate his every thought seemingly in real time. Trump did it during the 2016 presidential campaign, then he promised to be “more presidential” and less Twitter dependent once he took office.
Hah! He hasn’t delivered on that promise. He’s become more Twitter oriented, not less.
But you see, here’s the deal: Damn near every other public official, elected leader, celebrity of any note, public figure has adopted the Trump Model of 21st-century communication. They’re all using Twitter as their medium of choice.
Trump tweets out an insult; the object of the barb responds with a tweet. The Twitter-verse is brimming with insults, responses to the insults, responses to the responses. They’re coming from all over the world.
Former CIA director John Brennan, a serious man who happens to be a fervent Trump critic, recently alluded to all of the president’s tweets about the late John McCain. He did so, yep, in a tweet.
Read the story here.
It’s an international — if not universal — phenomenon. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s amazing.
I use Twitter to distribute this blog, along with other social media platforms. I don’t have millions of followers like the president does, but I certainly understand and appreciate the value of Twitter as a communications device.
So it is with that I offer a hats-off salute to the president for elevating Twitter’s presence on the world stage.
If only Donald Trump would learn to be more circumspect and thoughtful as he uses it.
Fat chance of that ever happening.