Political leaders must practice Netiquette

In high school, when someone was upset or angry with another, one party would take to Twitter to bash the other, either directly or discreetly. The action, while immature, was forgivable of someone of that age. Now imagine if an adult took to Twitter to immaturely bash someone or something whenever he was upset about the outcome. Now imagine that adult is the president.

The presidency is the most respected job in the United States, and while we are supposed to respect the person who holds the position, how can someone respect a man who does not respect his peers within the nation?

“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned,” President Donald J. Trump tweeted Feb. 4 in a response to a blocked enforcement of Trump’s travel ban.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart “wrote in his opinion that ‘fundamental’ to the court’s work was ‘a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government.’”

By calling this judge, one appointed by George W. Bush, a “so-called judge,” what respect is the president of the United Sates showing to the judge a former president believed was fit to hold the position? How can a citizen respect the president if he repeatedly takes to Twitter to express his opinion in an immature manner?

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and our court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump wrote Feb. 5.

While everyone, even the president, is entitled to his or her opinion, the president should not be taking to Twitter to express his own. It is evident Trump does not support the decision
made by the judge, but he should respect it anyway. The judge is entirely fit to be in the position he is in and the block has reunited distressed
families across the country. There is such a thing as Netiquette, and the president is not demonstrating it well.

Several protests erupted in airports nationwide making it obvious that a majority of the U.S. does not agree with Trump’s ban either. Many took to Twitter to express their disappointment in the ban and let their voices be heard.

America has declined refugees seeking shelter before, and many will never forget it. As the president, please keep your opinions off Twitter and
respect the titles of those appointed by past presidents, or how do you expect to be treated in return?

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