Letter: On Trump and Tweets

As a college classmate of Trumpeter (University of Pennsylvania) and later during his $2 billion bankruptcy, I understood he combines a craving for instant gratification with an entitled paranoia. His frantic use of tweets to proclaim official “policy” statements only verifies this reckless pathology. Congress—when his lap dogs are turned out in November—should outlaw his tweets; when he vetoes, Congress can overrule. The next step would likely be the Supreme Court to rule on the First Amendment versus the use of private media for government purposes—in this instance, a failing government. I am reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s admonition following the Continental Congress in 1790: “We have a republic, if we can keep it.”

David Taylor Johannesen

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