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How we wish Trump would use Twitter

Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Published: July 2, 2017 4:00 AM

Within 24 hours of President Donald Trump's disgusting Twitter outburst targeting MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, two stories making the rounds on social media provided a very different take on life in America in 2017.

That got us thinking: What if Trump used Twitter as a tool to hold up acts of kindness and generosity instead of as a vehicle to attack those who have in some way offended his delicate sensitivities? What if he used Twitter to highlight what's already great about this country?

Sure, it's naive to think a Trump social media transformation will begin anytime soon, if ever. But let's just ponder those two aforementioned stories for a minute and consider the impact they might have had on the president's nearly 40 million Twitter followers.

There's motorist Andy Mitchell, who could have ignored Justin Korva, the young man in a fast-food uniform he recently noticed walking along a road on a 95-degree day in Rockwall, Texas. Instead, he offered Korva a ride and learned that the 20-year-old made the 3-mile walk to and from work each day. Mitchell recounted the experience on Facebook, prompting strangers to donate more than $5,000 to buy Korva a new car.

Then there's Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane, who instinctively grabbed a 23-year-old woman who had hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and appeared to be planning to take her own life. "You'll forget me tomorrow," the woman said, asking Tumpane to let her go. "I'll never forget you," he told her. "You can have my promise on that."

Trump's use of Twitter amplifies his voice while revealing much about his character. He too often comes across as a self-absorbed, insecure bully. In other words, the antithesis of Andy Mitchell and John Tumpane -- two everyday heroes whose stories would have provided a refreshing change of pace for @realDonaldTrump.

-- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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whizzard Jul 2, 2017 2:35 PM

The worst thing that Trump has ever said doesn't even come close to the mildest thing the MSM, Politicians and Liberals have written or said.

They are extremely hypocritical and can say what ever they want but whine excessivley when they think they are offended or when someone fights back.

It is nothing short of being despicable reporting the news. I feel his comments on Mika were justified because she has said, "Media's job it to control exactly what people think." I don't think so. We are not listening to their opinions but making our judgements. We are not the pathetic and unintelligent morons they think we are. The media is placing themselves above else for we are too stupid to think for our selves.

Well, when my subscription runs out on this paper< I won't be back. We need a paper that reports the news and not unsupported hype or their opinions.

I believe over 80% of the opinions this paper produces are totally wrong and way off base and I have had it with them. They will probably delete this post because it doesn't agree with their agenda.

I encourage all to not renew their subscription for if they keep posting like this, our world will be full of puppets rather than those who can decide for themselves.

i want Trump to keep tweeting so we don't get fooled by the media.

For me, good ridance Record Courier.

Martin Fleming