President Trump’s Twitter Activity Could Potentially Bite Him Back

By Cesar Valdes (JOUR 4270.002)

As the rapper Drake once said,” trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers.”

Well, President Donald Trump is shooting away on Twitter.

Early Saturday morning, President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of spying on his campaign.

Since then, FBI director James B. Comey has deflected the accusation and even told the Justice Department to refute any such claim from President Trump’s party.

A spokesperson from Obama’s camp has denied the accusation.

President Trump’s accusations are, at the moment, baseless. He has not provided the public or the media with even the slightest bit of proof. Nobody, maybe his advisor Steve Bannon, except the president himself knows why he would make such a bold claim.

It begs the question: When will President Trump’s harmful language on Twitter be halted?

Whether it has any value or not, it should be noted that much of these claims are being voiced through President Trump’s personal Twitter account and not the POTUS one assigned to the President.

But there is no mistaking that the president’s language is creating a negative light on his enemies.

Back on February 8th, President Trump complained on Twitter about the unfair treatment he felt his daughter received when Nordstrom decided to drop her clothing line due to poor sales.

Within the next couple of hours Nordstrom’s stock took a plunge.

Here we can equate that Donald Trump the person has the same power as President Trump.

Defamation laws are not restricted from social media accounts. Libel is a possible on Twitter. The only thing difficult about proving libel, of course, is proving damage.

Over the course of his short presidency, President trump has been sued over 40 times.

None of those have been about his hurtful language, but I wonder how soon it will be before President Trump has his first libel suit because of his Twitter activity.

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