Reader believes President Trump’s Twitter account is threatening our democracy

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Amy Braig-Lindstrom, St. Joseph

Hey Twitter, Enough is enough!

The @realdonaldtrump account should have been left behind with civilian life. Instead, it is the single biggest threat against our already obviously fragile democracy. Join me in demanding Twitter enforce its sanctions for violating the rules in its terms and agreements for abusive behavior.

Twitterʼs rules and policies state, “…we prohibit behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates or uses fear to silence another userʼs voice.” Twitterʼs sanctions for violating the Abusive Behavior section of its rules are as follows; 1.) Make it “temporarily unavailable” and require the violator edit the media or information in their profile to come into compliance. 2.) If it seems like an otherwise healthy account is in the middle of an abusive episode, we might temporarily make their account read-only, limiting their ability to Tweet, ReTweet or Like content until calmer heads prevail. 3.) Permanently suspending an account which will remove it from global view, and the violator will not be allowed to create new accounts.

Whether you are a twitter user or not, Donald J. Trumpʼs tweets are something none of us can escape.

People Iʼve met or know who voted DJT into office express grave concern for his sometimes dangerous, often childish, frequently false and generally abusive statements on Twitter. In the name of Our Forefathers and Democracy we must demand a change. Together we need to rise up and reclaim the decency we all believe our democracy was founded on and be compassionate along the way because as a member of the human race we are far more alike than we are different.

It is also possible, given the choice between his personal Twitter account and the Office of the Presidency, Donald Trump might head to Mar-a-Lago and never return to the White House…Ah, the audacity of hope.

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