Donald Trump has long used Twitter as a replacement for press conferences, where uncomfortable and inconvenient questions might be asked of his highly dishonest narrative. It turns out, according to a new NBC News/WSJ poll most Americans do not approve of Trump’s use of Twitter:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 18, 2017
In these divisive political times, the American public actually has a pretty unambiguous message for Donald Trump: “Cool it with the tweets.”
Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say that Trump’s use of Twitter is a bad idea, and only nine percent say they strongly support his use of the 140-character medium to announce policy positions and express his personal point of view.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents in the survey said that Trump’s tweeting is bad, agreeing with the statement that “in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review.”
We have already seen what Donald Trump thinks of polls, and there is irony to be found in the mainstream media being at least partly responsible, as Nate Silver says, for this state of affairs.
No doubt this poll will mean no more to Donald Trump than the polls showing how unpopular he is, but what you don’t know – including what you willfully keep yourself from knowing – can still hurt you.
Twitter has been Trump’s favored means of getting his message across and he has made it clear he intends it to remain that way into his presidency.
If so, he may be in trouble, whether he knows it or not, particularly when, as this poll finds, a small margin, 47 to 46 percent of Republicans, think his tweeting is a “bad idea.”
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.