gq.com - 8 days ago
Donald Trump's Twitter Account Is Very Much in Violation of Twitter's Terms of Service
Pinterest Photo Illustration/Getty Images Threatening to nuke someone is a "violent threat," no?
While Donald Trump was running for President, his Twitter account was an obnoxious clearinghouse of racist MAGA nationalism, unfounded attacks on his opponents, and Pepe avatar replies. Since Donald Trump has become President, his Twitter account... well, honestly, it's still all of those things. But now that he has the power of the office of the presidency behind him, his Twitter has additionally become a place where random and seemingly improvised rants double as actual policy statements. When Trump tweeted about his decision to ban transgender people from the military, it came out that he hadn't even consulted with the heads of various branches of the military. He was just flying by the seat of his golf pants. This combination of Trump's improvisational style, the immediacy of Twitter, and international politics has proven to be a potent and terrifying one. When news broke that North Korea had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, what we'd hope a president would do is gather with his top foreign policy advisers and go over all the implications of what every possible statement could be.
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