Donald Trump and his aides insist his use of social media is a brilliant way to avoid the press and get his message directly to the people. But almost everyone disagrees.
Donald Trump’s Twitter habit is a huge problem for him. And a majority of American voters wish he would stop it.
A recent Fox News poll found that 71 percent of voters think his tweets are hurting his agenda, and only 13 percent approve of his compulsive habit. Even a majority of Republicans — 59 percent — think he should be more “careful.”
But those numbers don’t even tell the full story because that poll was conducted before Trump unleashed a typically Trumpian tirade of misogyny against “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, when even Republicans felt compelled to briefly condemn him.
Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on “Fox & Friends” to defend Trump’s meltdown and his use of Twitter in general, insisting that “it’s his way of cutting out the middle man.” The so-called middle man being the media, whom Trump mostly avoids, unless it is to appear on the Trump-friendly safe space that is Fox News. Conway audaciously added that Trump’s use of Twitter to attack critics, Democrats, and the free press is “democratization of information.”
But the people disagree. Bigly.
In fact, 65 percent of voters think Trump’s Twitter attacks on Brzezinski were “unacceptable,” according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. That’s a fairly stinging rebuke of Trump’s recent claim that his Twitter tantrums are “modern day presidential”:
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Trump and his team might think that his behavior on Twitter, which Brzezinski rightly, if generously, described on Wednesday as “childlike” is a way for him to defeat the free press, whom he despises. But this ridiculous and unprecedented tactic is not helping him, even with his own supporters.
Trump can try to spin his immature, petty, and loathsome behavior on Twitter as “modern day presidential,” but the people simply aren’t buying it. And they wish he’d stop.