Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Thursday that President Trump shouldn’t be tweeting, comparing the potential of a post on social media to road rage.
“I don’t think so,” said Dolan when asked by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto whether the president should be tweeting. “I tweet but in a carefully orchestrated way where other people read it before it goes out. Tweets tend to be the subject of impetuosity. When you write a letter, you let it sit for a little while, then you mail it. When you get a tweet, when you get mad, it’s like driving a car. You say things driving a car you wouldn’t say at a dinner table. That’s what a tweet can be.”
Since President Trump’s inauguration in January — at which Dolan read a prayer during the ceremony — he has continued to be active on Twitter, suggesting any terrorist attacks would be the fault of a “so-called” judge who ruled against his travel ban, saying “any negative polls are fake news,” and calling the New York Times, NBC News, ABC News , CBS News and CNN “the enemy of the American people. Trump also accused former President Barack Obama of ordering a wiretap and declared there were millions of illegal votes in the 2016 election, without providing evidence for either claim.
Dolan also said that most presidencies do not start smoothly, citing the early days of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton’s terms in office as examples.
“That we’ve got a rocky start, I don’t think that should shock us as Americans,” said Dolan. “That we do have a rather unprecedented style? That could be shocking, but some people find it refreshing.”