Breitbart -- President Donald Trump addressed criticisms Saturday that his use of Twitter to attack his critics is not presidential. “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL,” he tweeted, and added: “Make America Great Again!” In another tweet, he pointed out that his use of social media had been crucial to his success in the 2016 presidential election — despite urging by the media, and even by his fellow Republicans, that he stop it.
One thing is clear: Trump has always used this method of fighting his critics. In 2012, he tweeted: “Everybody tells me not to hit back at the lowlifes that go after me for PR–sorry, but I must. It’s my nature.”
And long before Twitter existed, he was doing the same thing through more conventional methods. In one of the most memorable passages of his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, Trump describes writing a nasty letter to Paul Goldberger, who was then an architecture critic for the New York Times. Goldberger had written a positive review of one of Trump’s projects — a “setup,” Trump says, for a negative review of another. He concludes by observing: “My people keep telling me I shouldn’t write letters like this to critics. The way I see it, critics get to say what they want about my work, so why shouldn’t I be able to say what I want to about theirs?”
Nothing has changed in thirty years, except for the medium.
More to the point, Trump’s habit of responding to critics on Twitter was highly controversial during the election — and he won anyway. As Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted last week: “The American people elected a fighter. They didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing. They knew what they were getting when they voted for Donald Trump, and he won overwhelmingly.”
[...] Trump supporters — many of whom would rather he put Twitter aside, if only because of the controversy it often creates — have never abandoned him over his comments. Moreover, he is usually punching back: his targets almost always start the fight.
A further question is how “presidential” conduct is to be measured. Trump may flout social conventions, but never flouts the Constitution.
[...]Trump is certainly capable of playing by the rules of decorum. One would like a president to do so at all times. Yet recent history is littered with Republicans who played nice and lost elections, or backed down from a fight once in office. Controversial tweets may be a political hazard of a winning mentality.
Regardless, many Americans prefer a president who breaks the social norms of politics to one who breaks the rules of the Constitution, however politely.
Blog Author's Comments: What "presidential standard"? The standard that the left has defined and demanded for 60 years, has allowed them to attack and attempt to destroy every Republican president? But, they allowed without any criticism, whatever the anti-American Obama chose to do, during his 8 years in office - without any pushback from the media or the Republican Party.
Anyone within the GOP feared that they would be labeled racists. What this is all about is destroying presidents who dare to defy the Leftist agenda, to attempt to turn the U.S. into a 3rd world country that is unable to protect itself from foreign invasion. President Donald Trump has redefined the "presidential standard". Now the standard is a man who defends himself, his country, and its citizens from enemies outside and inside the country, particularly the Propaganda Media.
For the first time, in a long time, America has a president that listens to the American people and talks to them, and uses social media to bypass the mainstream leftist media. For decades, we've had fake, handsome, polished, articulate, smiling candidates forced on us that told us what we wanted to hear then lied to us and did the opposite. President Trump is bringing politics back to the people. And, the 'Deep State' does know how to handle it.
Let's be quite clear about something here - and Pollack misses this - along with almost everyone else trying to force a narrative. Trump didn't 'attack' anyone - when he came down the escalator in 2015 and announced he was running for president. Since that time, he's been threatened, smeared, lied about, and falsely accused of just about every crime under the modern penal code. Along with other groups and individuals, this has come directly from the Leftist media. He has the right to defend himself against these attacks, in any manner he sees fit.