Trump on Twitter: Should the President respond to criticism?

If you would have told me a year ago that the President of the United states would have taken to Twitter to voice his displeasure with Snoop Dogg, I would have laughed in your face and dismissed it as fiction.

However, that is where America, and the rest of the world, has found itself in this day and age on this particular morning.

Twitter is insanely popular and has become almost vital in communication. Companies communicate their new products and services, and sometimes even offer customer support via Twitter. Nowadays, instead of picking up the phone and listening to that standard hold-music, so aggravatingly repetative, customers are taking to Twitter to talk about their experience with an establishment, positive or negative.

In case you missed it, rapper Snoop Dogg has people talking because of a recent music video he released in which he is shown pointing a (fake) gun at a clown-like Trump.

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Photo from USA Today

As you can imagine, Trump didn’t take too kindly with this, tweeting the following:

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When it came to the response of the public, opinions were on one side of the spectrum, with little gray area.

There were those who bashed Snoop Dogg’s actions, saying that it incited violence, was disrespectful, and had it been a video depicting the shooting of Barack Obama, things would be taken a lot more seriously.

On the other side were those that felt all the uproar was unnecessary, that it was merely a joke by a legendary rapper and that far worse has been said about Obama.

Where do I stand?

This isn’t the first time that our new POTUS has taken to Twitter to vent his grievances. We saw it all through the election, and we’re seeing it now as he becomes increasingly dissatisfied about various media reports that shed a negative light on his progress.

On one hand, I think the President should have the right to respond to critics. Snoop Dogg depicted himself shooting Trump, so why shouldn’t Trump respond? We know the media has a tendency to blow this out of proportion for a good story. While this is not always the case, a person should be able to defned their reputation.

On the other hand, I was taught that the best strategy in dealing with bullies is to simply ignore them. By tweeting about Snoop Dogg’s video, the President is showing that it got to him. And maybe (clearly) it did. He also has expressed his dissatisfaction with Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on SNL, proving that he has trouble taking a joke. President Obama was quite good at making fun of himself, and also picking and choosing his battles, and what to say when. This is a trait that the current President doesn’t seem to emulate.

Besides the time President Obama commented that Kanye West was a “jackass” for his infamous interuption of Taylor Swift’s award acceptance speech, this is the most I’ve ever seen a political figure become involved in pop culture. Then again, Donald Trump was a celebrity before a politician.

The bottom line: Does President Trump have the right to defend himself against what people say about him or what they do to him (real or depicted)? Absolutely. I just think he needs to think long and hard about which battles he wants to pick. And to remember that sometimes the most powerful messages are the ones left unsaid.

 

 

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