reader comments 227
There’s at least one definition of President Donald Trump that we can all agree on—he’s the tweeting president.
Unlike his predecessor, Trump has provided the public with an unfiltered look at the chief executive’s immediate thoughts, inventing a new word along the way. His volatile tweets have derided his own staff, the public, and even overseas political leaders. Twitter also serves as Trump’s public forum, where he blocks people critical of him. And he uses the micro-blogging service as his own personal media outlet. Tuesday night, for example, he tweeted that he would nominate Christopher Wray to replace James Comey as the FBI director.
voter poll (PDF). His @realDonaldTrump handle has 31.8 million followers and “35K” tweets. Trump isn’t tired of Twitter, though. On Tuesday, he tweeted that the mainstream media “is working so hard” to get him to quit Twitter. “They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out,” he tweeted.
But when it comes to silencing the president on Twitter, there are more haters out there than Trump thinks. A Morning Consult, Politico survey published Wednesday found that 69 percent of voters who took the online survey said they thought Trump tweets too much. That’s up from 56 percent from December, months before Trump took office.
The survey said that 82 percent of Democrats polled thought Trump tweets too much, up from 75 percent in December. Republicans came in at 53 percent saying the president used Twitter too often, an 11-percent increase from December.
Overall, 57 percent of voters who took the survey said Trump’s tweets are hurting his presidency. Another 53 percent said his Twitter use undermines US standing in the world. The poll found that 51 percent of all voters said Trump’s tweets imperiled national security.