Small Hands, Big Consequences: Donald Trump in 140 characters
Is our President's use of social media something to be concerned about?
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In 140 characters, the most powerful man in the world can do a lot. He’s called celebrities overrated, criticized foreign leaders, and has even gone as far as to attack American businesses. And as he continues to tweet about his foes or even his friends, companies worry they may be next in his orange cross-hair. Why? Other than being publicly shamed by the President of the United States, the Donald can ignite his own tidal wave for business.
It’s called the Trump effect, Donald Trump tweets his disapproval for a certain company, then seconds later, their stocks plummet. After tweeting about Toyota moving some of their factories out of the country, Toyota lost $1.57 billion in value. Lockheed Martin fell 5% after being criticized last December for high aircraft costs. And these market reactions happen within seconds of the tweet being, well, tweeted. And what’s so funny about all of this is, it’s twitter. What was once used to subtweet your ex-girlfriend and a**hole boss is now being used to flame Former Miss America winners, telling readers to, “check out [her] sex tape. “
It’s quite funny actually, for me at least. While his colleagues and less enthusiastic supporters cover their faces, his opponents feed off of this. Every time I check my twitter, I see my commander-in-chief is calling my former president, a bad, or sick man, and claiming he wiretapped his phone, both false.
But it’s not just attacking businesses and starting petty internet fights that have people worried. In past presidencies, foreign affairs have been dealt with through extensive research and thought out approaches, including thoroughly planned statements given in press conferences, where each word is examined, as to not make any mistakes. Yesterday, North Korea warned the U.S. that they are ready for “all-out war” if Trump keeps making military remarks, like last month, saying, “North Korea is behaving very badly.”
This new form of communication from the President to the people has been met with varying opinions. Some say they appreciate his directness when addressing the people, some think he makes us look stupid. Whatever the answer is, the way we view our government is changing, whether for good or bad, that’s for the American people to decide.