Hey President Trump, please don't stop tweeting

President Trump, if you are reading this in between chugging your beloved Diet Cokes or hitting a seven iron at your ...

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 9:34 AM
Updated: Jan 4, 2018 9:34 AM

President Trump, if you are reading this in between chugging your beloved Diet Cokes or hitting a seven iron at your private country club, please ignore those voices that tell you to rein in your tweets.

Instead, please keep giving us 16 tweets on an amazing range of topics like you did Tuesday -- from bragging that your "nuclear button" is bigger than North Korean leader's Kim Jong Un's to announcing an awards show for the best of "fake news." (Here's hoping I win at least one award!)

As the saying goes, "Dance with the one what brung ya" and that "one" was Twitter.

There was a time that I was part of the nearly 60% of Americans who hoped that Donald Trump would stop tweeting everything that popped into his head and act "presidential." And I had pleaded with members of the media to stop covering every single Trump tweet like it was "The Gettysburg Address." But those days are gone.

Now I want Trump to keep tweeting. OK, to be honest, my rationale for that is not to help the President. Trump's nonstop and erratic tweeting is hurting Trump politically and offers Democrats a huge opportunity in the midterm elections.

How? First, Trump's tweets often start a conversation in the media on an issue that doesn't help him. One of the most glaring examples was in November when we were learning about allegations against then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, that he had forcibly kissed a woman and posed in a photo of her when she was sleeping that showed him seeming to touch her breasts.

Trump, being Trump, couldn't sit this one out, so he tweeted, "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? ...." What happened next? Well in the midst of the #MeToo revolution, Trump revived a conversation about his own history of alleged sexual misconduct. This also caused a rehashing of Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" tape where he bragged about grabbing women by the genitals without their consent.

Another example was when Trump tweeted his support for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie by invoking the Confederate statues: "Ed Gillespie will turn the really bad Virginia economy #'s around, and fast. Strong on crime, he might even save our great statues/heritage!" The reaction? Trump's praising of Confederate statues caused the media to again remind us of one of Trump's most vile moments as President, when he said those marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the side of white supremacists included "very fine people."

If that weren't bad enough, Trump's tweeting addiction has caused fact-checking of each tweet. And fact-checking and Trump are not a good combination -- at least if you care about the truth. The result is that Trump's tweets gives us a frequent reminder of his penchant for lying.

The nonpartisan site Politifact.com has documented Trump's "pants on fire" and false tweets spanning a range of topics, from Trump falsely claiming Amazon doesn't pay taxes to his dishonest allegation that Republican Sen. Bob Corker - with whom Trump has publicly clashed - "gave us the Iran deal."

And the Washington Post fact-checks Trump's tweets daily, calling out his false statements as it did with several of Trump's comments from Tuesday's tweet storm. All this furthers the view held by over 60% of Americans that Trump is not honest and trustworthy.

Finally, Trump's tweets distract from his own message. This week Trump should have used Twitter to get the media to focus on the passing of his tax cuts and the bonuses certain companies have offered employees in response -- as well as his legislative agenda for 2018, including his long-awaited plan for strengthening America's infrastructure. Instead, we are having discussions about the size of Trump's "button" and whether Trump is mentally fit to be President.

On some level, it seems that Trump is trying to tweet us into submission. But that's not working, as I've heard firsthand from those who oppose Trump and call my SiriusXM radio show. It's just making them more worked up to vote in this November's midterm elections against Republicans to send a message to Trump they don't like what they've been seeing.

So, Trump, tweet away! You are doing more to help make the Democratic Party great again than it could have ever hoped to do for itself.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
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DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
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Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
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Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844594

Reported Deaths: 16115
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Jefferson1160612006
Mobile741651379
Madison53255732
Shelby38313368
Baldwin38061589
Tuscaloosa35996641
Montgomery34473781
Lee25541263
Calhoun22582518
Morgan22441406
Etowah20009517
Marshall18771316
Houston17723425
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Limestone16123218
Cullman16032303
Elmore15902294
Lauderdale14945306
Talladega14186299
DeKalb12957269
Walker12011380
Blount10700192
Autauga10512157
Jackson10151194
Coffee9412192
Colbert9325208
Dale9013191
Tallapoosa7248201
Russell707465
Chilton7015170
Escambia6951143
Covington6926195
Franklin6337108
Chambers5778142
Marion5400130
Dallas5283209
Pike5114109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4777110
Geneva4640136
Bibb434094
Barbour369180
Butler3433100
Marengo342393
Monroe336666
Randolph334067
Pickens333188
Fayette329885
Henry320566
Hale317989
Cherokee316963
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254360
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184647
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139041
Greene130245
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