By: Kayla Henson | @kayla_hensonn
In the rising world of social media, there are very important questions regarding the government’s role and involvement in social media. No government official is more in the spotlight in this day and age than the current president of the United States, Donald Trump. Trump was infamously known for his blunt views on both politics and politicians during his election campaigning in 2016. Many of his supporters appreciated his transparency, securing him the win. However, after his election, there was much speculation on how he would handle his personal Twitter account and the official POTUS account. Many people didn’t expect for his involvement in social media to be as it is today, and people have some very strong opinions about it.
In a recent anonymous poll I conducted on Twitter, 73% of people view Trump’s tweets as unprofessional, 13% view them as blunt/good, and 14% have no opinion on the matter. An overwhelmingly number of voters view his tweets as unprincipled, and they aren’t alone. A vast majority of celebrities are using their social media platforms to voice opinions on President Trump and his voice on Twitter. One of the greatest recent examples being SNL’s depiction of Trump and his staff.
Celebrities obviously aren’t the only ones expressing their discontent, or appreciation, for our president. 23-year-old Hunter Holbrook is one of many with an opinion on Trump’s social media presence.
“ It appears he wants to let his voters know that he’s sticking to his guns and going to do what he promised to do,” the ULM Marketing graduate said.
As a former social admin for a company, Holbrook knows from personal experience that most public figures have many people that speak/tweet on their behalf, so long as it pertains to the general message attempting to be reached. So while the image of Donald Trump remains consistent through his Twitter, it is not only him actively tweeting.
When asked if the rest of the world looks negatively on the United States due to Trump’s Twitter presence, Holbrook said that in the grand scheme of things it will have “little effect” on the global view of the U.S., and that the focus is actually solely on the man himself.
“..to foreign leaders, he’s not viewed as a politician… so he knows nothing of politics. That’s the issue he will have to combat,” Holbrook said.