♣ 7-2-17 ∼ Monday morning Trump advisor Kelly Anne Conway said the media wastes time on the president’s tweets, time that might be better spent covering “finer policy points.” On Fox & Friends Conway claimed to have tested some one hundred sixty three tweets by Donald Trump back in June. She further said “Three-quarters of them, at least, had to do with policy, bilateral meetings, legislation.” Like much Conway espouses however, her gripe and so-called tweet test were spun and served only to cloud the issue.
Ultimately, she’s wrong to rate superfluous any media response to Trump’s largely outlandish tweets. Constant coverage of Donald Trump’s tweets is all-important since the encapsulations, often improvisational rants and riffs, engender Trump’s bizarre behavior and personality. They’re an intricate map of his personal knowledge, values and priorities, his loyalties and proclivities, his strengths and limitations, his political prowess and so-called tactical maneuvering, even the drastic bleed of his credibility worldwide.
They’re a blueprint of his state of mind, emotions and character, a mosaic of his psychological makeup, his neurological state, sensibility and temperament. The streaming, near-compulsive tweets of our newly elected leader, their iterative inaccuracy, rancor and vulgarity, their ongoing pettiness, cruelty and intolerance can only play a major role in any assimilation of Trump. They’re a source of news vital to public perception and appraisal of our brand new commander-in-chief, news key to public assessment of the people in orbit around him.
Is reportage of the Trump tweets indeed a waste of time? If there’s waste at all it’s Donald Trump’s alone. The disturbingly frequent, shameful, petty, puerile, crude, vicious, demeaning, toxic, slanderous, disproportionate, inaccurate, inappropriate, destructive, disruptive, counter-productive, self-revealing, self-discrediting, self-indicting, self-sabotaging and generally destabilizing nature of the world leader’s Twitter log begs for consumate scrutiny from the press, the Fourth Estate, main advocate for the public which brings to light skewed, corrupt, dangerous and incompetent leadership. The Trump tweets have proven indispensable to White House reporting as we’ve lapsed into the Donald Trump era.
As sundry as the tweets are, many shame the president, shame the office of the president and the United States at large. This they do here at home and across the globe. Donald Trump’s tweets tend to underscore his bad judgement, preening vanity, impropriety and misplaced priorities. Many tend to lay bare Donald Trump’s crudity, injustice, dishonesty and mean-spiritedness, traits beneath the great dignity and decorum of the presidency. Many more are simply indecent.
Frequently the tweets engender id-driven lashings out, gut responses, knee jerk reactions to perceived slights, makeshift diversions, thin, last-minute smoke screens, distractions from negative attention well-earned. They’re often made without self-control or circumspection like the tantrums of a child, not the measured declarations of an adult, much less of a president.
The same tweets now comprise bona fide records. They’re official files, megabytes, maybe even gigabytes of damning information in a presidential archive which ought to bode shameful for Trump and yet weirdly, suspiciously, conspicuously, Trump doesn’t get it. He carries on tweeting in his crude and reckless way, in the same crass, vicious and slanderous tradition.
How can Trump fail to understand common decency? It’s this and other very pressing questions about our leader which a vigilant and systematic study of his mounting tweets will surely help answer one day if not tantamount to criminal prosecution, mental or medical diagnosis, then maybe as a smoking gun, damning evidence, probable cause, reason enough for inquiry into the man’s professional dealings, his mindset, his capacities, his acumen for sane, legal, fair and effective governance on a national scale.
Maybe, as many suspect, Trump’s a sick man. Maybe not. Maybe the man’s colluded with Russia. Maybe not. Maybe Trump’s corrupt. Maybe he’ s just incompetent. Maybe our new head-of-state can govern effectively. Maybe not.
Whatever the case, all these grave concerns remain in play and there are those who feel, as I do, that a leader’s moral fiber, his voracity, his grace, his nobility, his reverence for democracy and all the American people, his love for both objective and universal truth, his grasp of mainstream media’s search for the best obtainable truth, remain fundamental to good and viable leadership.
There are those who hold, as I do, what turpitude exudes from Trump and leaches into a lot of the president’s tweets is enough to disqualify the head of state from any public office. These Twitter bytes, many seeds of untold decadence, whisper volumes and alone inform the utmost importance in the news today of Trump’s many indecent tweets.
–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com