What Paul Ryan gets totally wrong about Trump's Twitter feed. The question Ryan was answering was about the impact that Trump's bullying behavior online has on kids. The problem with that strategy -- and it is, quite clearly, a strategy -- is that Trump's Twitter feed isn't the sort of thing you can laugh off. Trump's Twitter feed isn't a sideshow to his administration. Leadership is about more than laughing off questions you don't want to answer. He needs to think more deeply before he tweets about the sort of message he is sending and example he is setting for all of us -- especially our young people." Sure, Trump might not like that. Leadership isn't about standing up when the going is easy and the potential impact is minimal. But, in dismissing what Trump tweets with a laugh, Ryan is missing an opportunity to show Trump, the GOP and the country what real leadership looks like. There are some things that just can't be laughed off.
(CNN)When asked about President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits at a CNN town hall on Monday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan chuckled.
“Do I wish there would be a little less tweeting?” Ryan joked. “Of course, I do. But I think, I don’t think that that’s going to change.”
The question Ryan was answering was about the impact that Trump’s bullying behavior online has on kids. That’s a very important question, and not one that should be so easily laughed off.
Look, I get it. If people like Ryan were totally honest, they would say “Trump’s Twitter feed is a massive problem and I’d give anything to stop him from using social media at all.”
Ryan won’t say that because a) Trump won’t listen and b) why make the President angry if you have no hope of affecting change?
So what Ryan — and the rest of the Republican political establishment — have decided to do is laugh off the Trump tweets. Man he sure sends a lot! I wish he’d send fewer! Ha ha ha!
The problem with that strategy — and it is, quite clearly, a strategy — is that Trump’s Twitter feed isn’t the sort of thing you can laugh off. It’s the prime vehicle for this President’s communications — and one through which he makes policy (banning transgender people from military service), savages political opponents (including some within his own administration) and sets the daily national political agenda.