President Trump’s tweets distract, divert conversations about important issues


Courtesy of Creative Commons

Trump tweeted, “I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise,” on Sept. 8.

Another day, another twitter storm by the president of the United States. It has become a common occurrence and is completely expected by now.

It is a predictable cycle: the president tweets or comments something inappropriate or controversial, the media and the public react, and he goes on to do something more controversial later that makes us forget about the earlier tweets or comments. And this past twitter storm is no different.

After a town hall on criminal justice reform aired on MSNBC, the president tweeted out several complaints directed towards the group of panelists.

He tweeted at notable activist and musician John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and the NBC anchor Lester Holt. He claimed that John Legend and “his filthy mouthed wife” did not give him or Republicans enough credit for passing the First Step Act.

The First Step Act is a criminal justice reform that saw major bipartisan support and passed through Congress last Dec.

Teigen quickly responded to the president’s tweets with a very colorful insult, which led to a vast array of hashtags trending on Monday morning.

From #TeamChrissy and #filthymouthedwife to the more explicit #pab and #pabpotus, this Twitter storm was just like any other. The president insulted minorities, cried out so called “unfairness in the media” and tweeted it out in the middle of a real crisis. Check, check, check.

At theend of the day, this latest Twitter storm by the current occupant of the White House just shows how self-conscious and desperate for attention he is.

As voters, we can not let his tweets distract us from important issues. The Amazon is still burning. The United States is locking kids up in concentration camps. We are nearing a point in which the effects of climate change will be irreversible. Gun violence in the United States is at an all-time high.

So instead of raging over the latest Twitter storm, you need to go out and register to vote.

You need to keep being informed, know who your representatives are, call your representatives and demand change from them.

Your representatives work for you, not the other way around. They represent you and your best interests. And if they are not doing their jobs, you need to kick them out of office.