Joe Barbieri ’23
President Trump’s frequent use of Twitter is without a doubt one of the most defining features of his presidency. While it is beneficial for a politician to use social media to their advantage to connect with their constituents, the last four years have shown us that this is not the case with President Trump.
As a matter of fact, his use of social media will hurt him come Election Day.
Among the many people the president has criticized on Twitter, none was more shocking and ignorant than his recent attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
In a recent phone call with campaign staff, President Trump said that “people are tired of Covid,” and also that “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”
The president continued his attack on Fauci, recently tweeting that Dr. Fauci’s “pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications.”
After seeing these recent comments, while I am not shocked that the president made them, I am truly shocked at who he chose to go after.
Not only is Dr. Fauci the most trusted physician in all the country, he is without a doubt the most popular man in the country as of now. Compared to President Trump, it is not even close.
As a matter of fact, in a recent Quinnipiac poll, 65 percent of voters say that they trust the information that Dr. Anthony Fauci is providing about the coronavirus. In that same poll, only 30 percent of registered voters said they trusted the information that President Trump is giving about the coronavirus.
Had President Trump seen these poll numbers, maybe he would leave Dr. Fauci alone. Not only is his recent attack illogical, it makes no sense politically.
Why would you put yourself at odds with the most trusted person in America right now? Why would you make the American people choose between you or Dr. Fauci?
President Trump is right that people are tired of the coronavirus. However, just because we are tired of it does not mean we should ignore it and turn a blind eye to it.
While Americans were certainly tired of World War I and World War II, they did not ignore it. They weathered the storm, fought through it, and were able to finally beat it.
Coronavirus is no different. These last eight months have been without a doubt the most depressing of our times. However, we must not give up. We must not turn a blind eye to this issue. By working together and doing what we know has to be done in order to eradicate this virus, life will return to normal within a reasonable time.
In conclusion, President Trump must stop these baseless, irresponsible attacks on trusted health officials. By doing this, he is creating division where division should not exist.
It is fairly simple: we must trust the science.