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The Reflection

Are Trump’s tweets getting out of hand?

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Twitter:  a platform for people to express their thoughts through 140 character “tweets” and other communication methods like commenting or retweet them. Twitter also has it’s fair share of celebrities on the site, giving the regular population insight on their daily thoughts and statements.

One person who has gained extreme attention through many forms of media is our new president Donald Trump. Trump is known to use Twitter  to express his opinion on anything from political issues to everyday life to comments on other celebrities or world affairs.

Since he joined the presidential race in 2015, Trump’s’ Twitter account has become one of  great public interest, mainly for all his rude comments and assertions against others and his thoughts on current political issues. Even before he gained popularity from the election, he was known to berate and make snide comments on things long before.

A few examples of these rude comments are

.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”

“I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”

Sometimes his comments on Twitter aren’t insulting or derogatory–they’re just completely idiotic. Here’s a few more examples:

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump said about climate change.

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest–and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault” he said, boasting to his twitter followers and the general public.

“The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!” Trump says about Ebola.

Lots of criticism has fallen upon Trump for his statements on Twitter and his stances on certain subjects. Other things Trump has talked about in his Twitter are Nazis, preventing immigration for muslims and he’s even been caught tweeting fake crime statistics.

Twitter has rules on what an accounts content can talk about or reference. On the topic of offensive content, the social media site says: “Users are allowed to post content, including potentially inflammatory content, as long as they’re not violating Twitter rules.”

Twitter’s rules prohibit its users from posting things with extremely sexual content, graphic content (death, excessive violence, etc.), violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct and private information. If a user were to post any of these things, the tweet or even the account would be deleted.

But wait? Surely Trump has broken at least one of Twitter’s rules. Technically Trump hasn’t broken the rules though.

One way Twitter considers an act of  harassment is “if a primary source of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others.”

Some of Trump’s tweets could certainly fit into this category, like when he claimed that “Barney Frank looked disgusting–nipples protruding–in his blue shirt before congress. Very very disrespectful.” Trump is obviously sending “abusive messages to others” through specifically targeting politician Barney Frank for his attire.

Trump has directed hateful messages towards many others, including  Chuck Jones, an Indiana union leader who Trump criticized on Twitter. Jones has received many threatening messages and phone calls from Trump supporters, even a year after the tweet.

While Twitter has threatened to suspend Trump’s account before, there has been no further statement on the matter.

Why hasn’t Twitter suspended Trump? In fact, there are a few things prevent Twitter from suspending Trump’s account. Twitter, under the first amendment, is obligated to give everyone the freedom of speech, so it’s not like Twitter can just censor Trump.

But, Twitter is also allowed to ban anyone of their site if they feel it’s necessary.

While Trump has made comments berating people, they haven’t been serious enough to shut down his account or to delete the tweet itself. Many of his followers have had their accounts banned, however.

Although his tweets can seem offensive and controversial at times, technically the caliber of Trump’s tweets haven’t been high enough to get him suspended of Twitter, but does that mean his tweets are any better. As the years move on, his tweets will keep getting worse and worse, digging a bigger hole of criticism and crude comments coming from the twitter of our 45th President.        


Samuel Tilbury

Hi, my name is Samuel Tilbury and I'm a Junior at Gull Lake High School. This will be my second year on the newspaper staff and I primarily like to write reviews or opinion articles. My favorite topics to talk about are movies, television, politics, and the environment.


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