Friday, December 09, 2016

Donald Trump's First 100 Days: "Critics of Trump's nasty Twitter attacks miss the point: He simply cannot stop even if he wanted to" - UPDATED

When a local union chief pointed out the errors in Donald Trump's claims about saving jobs at the Carrier air conditioning plant in Indiana, it didn't take long for the President-elect to attack him on Twitter, where he has 17 million followers.

"Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!" Next Jones received a flood of angry anonymous calls, including death threats.

With his itchy Twitter finger, Trump made a working guy in Indiana a target for any crazy person willing to seize on the information he sent out — the man's name and union local — to harass him. In a week when someone acted on a false social-media-driven conspiracy theory by bringing guns to break up a supposed child abuse ring at a pizza joint, in Washington, D.C., Trump's behavior seems reckless in the extreme.

But critics who tell Trump to behave more maturely, even presidentially, are missing something crucial: The President-elect probably cannot control himself. I interviewed him for six hours when writing a biography, and I mean that literally. Read More

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