Last week, President Donald Trump slammed Nordstrom department store on Twitter for dropping his daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. People began questioning his commitment to swear off any potential business conflicts of interest. However, the tweet also brought to light two sides of President Trump: @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump.
President Trump does not need two Twitter accounts and should refrain from using his personal one for the remainder of his presidency.
According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, 64 percent of people want President Trump to delete his personal Twitter. @realDonaldTrump’s tweets, known for their controversial and childish nature, ranging from calling out companies for outsourcing jobs to slamming people over their different opinions, such as the infamous “SEE YOU IN COURT” tweet after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate Trump’s travel and refugee ban.
Most recently, he tweeted Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban was “not smart enough to run for president” after Cuban’s comments in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram warning CEOs about dealing with President Trump. Trump is President of the United States, not some Facebook aunt who engages anyone who disagrees with her.
Tweets like these date back to when the presidential election started. It was less embarrassing during the campaign because it would only damage his reputation, and it made more sense for candidate Trump to lash out at his opponents, but now he is the president and represents the nation on a world stage.
President Trump’s use of @realDonaldTrump isn’t professional. It is beneath the office of the presidency and the executive branch to throw temper tantrums online over perceived slights such as SNL skits or Celebrity Apprentice ratings.
It also doesn’t make sense to have two different Twitter accounts to react to an issue or event. It gives people the sense that Trump has two platforms-there should only be one: President of the United States. In fact, when @realDonaldTrump tweeted, “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” @POTUS later retweeted it. He doesn’t need to deactivate @realDonaldTrump, but he should stop using it for the remainder of his term and focus more on being @POTUS.
President Trump has been in office for less than a month, so there’s time to correct the damage done via Twitter by getting rid of @realDonaldTrump. This may seem like a small step, but it would make him a slightly better president if he stopped his trivial Twitter typing and focused on his awesome job.