Letter: Politicians would do well to think before they tweet

Return To Article

Commenting has temporarily been suspended in preparation for our new website launch, which is planned for the week of August 12th. When the new site goes live, we will also launch our new commenting platform. Thank you for your patience while we make these changes.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 3:27 p.m.

    "We would all like to see less of these reactionary and sometimes petty outbursts from the president in this matter, but I can put up with it."

    This is not about personal reaction to the president's 'petty outbursts'.

    Trump, like it or not, is the international representative of this country, and Twitter is an unfiltered, uncensored, internationally visible tool that he is using to show his lack of diplomacy, grammar, and maturity.

    As a citizen, yes, he's entitled to show his weakness in social media. But as the President of the US, he should actually care about the impression he makes, and he should be forced to use a communication medium that adheres to public record retention and security protocols required for his office

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 12:29 p.m.

    RE: "Politicians would do well to think before they tweet"
    Yes. Especially the Chief Executive politician.

    If a Chief Executive of a company were popping off tweets without really thinking, tweets that seem to be about stiring people up and contention more than anything constructive... he would be fired.

    They all need to think before tweeting. Especially the head politician.

    And lest you think Trump was the first President to tweet a lot... you need to open your eyes. The Obamas (both of them) were daily tweeters and users of social media. If you didn't know that... you should be ashamed.

    You can say, "Well the Obama's tweets were thought out, and didn't offend anybody"... But that's not universally true. The Obama's did tweet some stuff that got people angry. And some stuff that wasn't totally thought out. And some stuff that didn't need to be tweeted. Especially during the campaign.

    The Obamas continue to tweet... to this day. But the people who attack Trump for tweeting don't care that Obama tweets. And I dare say absolutely ANYTHING Trump tweets will be attacked (by some).

    Politicians were tweeting a long time before Trump came along.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Nov. 16, 2017 11:39 a.m.

    I imagine this letter is supposed to be a dig at Trump, for the most part, and of course we will get the myriad of thoughtless and predictable responses from the DN collection of leftist hacks to go along with it. We would all like to see less of these reactionary and sometimes petty outbursts from the president in this matter, but I can put up with it. Why can't everyone else? I don't use twitter, and have no desire too. I do use facebook and have many good friends who say things on there, I completely disagree, with on a daily basis. I can get past that. I don't go crazy and get violent. It doesn't ruin my day. It doesn't usually require a response from me and it doesn't make them my enemy. This letter should be as much about how everyone responds to responds to free speech, not how we deter, or limit free speech.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    It would really be wonderful if most politicians would even THINK at all.

    Make America Sane (and Safe) Again

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 8:15 a.m.

    Politicians shouldn't tweet. Period.
    It's juvenile, and divisive. It says that they only wish to communicate with those who want to hear what they have to say. It reduces what should be well developed thoughts and ideas to a small number of characters, polluted with random pound signs and at symbols for some reason. If you want to tell me something put it on letterhead. Make it 500 or more words. Sign it.
    Develop your ideas. And don't bother to even try to bleat out inconsequential nonsense every time it occurs to you.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 16, 2017 7:15 a.m.


    1. Surely you meant this entire letter targeted at the President of the United States.

    2. YES, being a Mormon or non-Mormon in Utah means practically everything in Utah politics and elections.