In reflecting on America’s politics of the last year, it is impossible not to conclude that the president’s tweeting has been momentous. So far, I am unaware of any organization that has quantified exactly how much damage President Donald Trump has caused by tweeting, but I think some substantial percentage of his problems and negative ratings must be directly attributable to his tweets. Thursday, The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey reported that the White House is considering various changes to compensate for this or that weakness plaguing the White House. Undoubtedly, some of those changes are needed. But regardless of whatever staff shakeup occurs, it must torment West Wing staff who know the president’s inappropriate tweets are still going to send the White House into a tailspin next year.
Once the president tweets, the rules of the Trump White House require everyone to double down, adopt the president’s missive as wisdom and harangue allies into denying the obvious and joining the fight. It is impossible for the White House staff to perform their best when the president is constantly saying the wrong thing on Twitter.
Trump would certainly continue to make his share of gaffes if he didn’t tweet, but those routine mistakes can be managed and explained away by traditional partisan political spin and damage control. His tweets, however, are like blood splatter on the wall at a crime scene. They tell a story that can’t be ignored.
With that said, perhaps Trump’s tweets serve a useful purpose.
His tweets are unfiltered and reveal the truth. And even though the tweeting has damaged his presidency, knowing the truth about his thinking is important. After all, if it weren’t for the president’s tweets, we would not have as clear a picture of his underlying thinking and character.
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