Donald Trump’s Twitter account is a graveyard of petty insults from old feuds, childish tantrums, and blatant warmongering. Somehow, his digital misbehavior hasn’t yet managed to stumble us into a new war, but the possibility is always there, pulsing just beneath the surface of each late night typo-laden missive.
His infamous goading of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un almost ended in nuclear war, but luckily the infamously short attention span of the former reality television star won out in the end and he moved on to new topics.
On another occasion, Trump took to Twitter to send a caps lock threat to the Iranian president. While neither country seems to be on his mind recently, one can’t be certain he won’t jump back into his saber-rattling on a whim.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
President Trump’s continued presence on Twitter also breathes life into a teeming ecosystem of racists and neo-Nazis that flood the mentions of his tweets, heaping abuse on other users. If Trump’s account were removed, he’d take a legion of hatemongers along with him.
In the past, Twitter has refused to ban Trump from their platform, presumably out of fear for the conservative backlash that would erupt if they did the responsible thing. The company went as far as to release an official statement on their world leader policy. They avoided mentioning Trump by name, but it was clearly in response to the president’s controversial behavior.
Now, it appears that Twitter is at least contemplating the possibility of removing Trump from his favorite social media website.
Twitter’s legal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde told POLITICO that even though the platform gives world leaders broad freedom to tweet as they like, they do not offer “a blanket exception for the president or anyone else.”
The statement makes it seem like there is some red line that Trump could cross that would lead Twitter to ban him. What exactly that final infraction would have to be is unclear, especially since threatening out-and-out war didn’t invite any action against the president in the past.
While it’s encouraging to hear that the website at least not ruling out the possibility of removing Trump’s account, at this point, it still feels unlikely that they will actually go through with.
One can only imagine the apoplectic rage that would seize Trump if his primary form of venting and communicating with the world were taken away. That image alone makes a strong argument for deleting his Twitter account. Hopefully, Twitter will see the light before too long.