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Why you should see Trump’s Truth Social posts (you don’t need an account)

Active citizens are essential to keep the village that is American democracy alive. Monitoring, contextualizing and sharing Trump’s rhetoric is one way to “keep” our democratic republic.

“Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer.”
~ Sun Tzu (credited)

There is possibly no greater enemy of U.S. democratic institutions than Donald J. Trump.

On Friday, the world learned that Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny was dead.

The international reaction to the death of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was swift. World leaders and senior officials, exiled Russians and Kremlin watchers praised his activism and, in many cases, laid blame squarely on the Russian government’s shoulders…

Biden called Navalny a powerful voice for the truth, and praised him for his courage in standing up to the Kremlin…

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, writing on X, formerly Twitter, said Navalny stood up for democracy and freedom in Russia — and apparently paid for his courage with his life. “This terrible news shows once again how Russia has changed and what kind of regime is in power in Moscow,” he said.

In 2020, Germany temporarily took in Navalny and provided medical care after he was poisoned.

Noticeably silent: Trump and his Republican fanbase.

Trump broke his silence on TruthSocial at 5:04 am EST on Monday.

Trump did not mourn Navalny’s death, nor did he criticize Vladimir Putin. Instead, he compared himself to Navalny and America’s democratic institutions to the Russian government run by a dictator, Putin.

Trump Truth Social post on Feb 19, 2024

I object to news organizations amplifying, rather than contextualizing, Trump’s rhetoric and lies. However, their current practice of ignoring his antidemocratic screeds does the country a disservice.

I’m talking to you, ABC News, CBS News, FOX News, Wall Street Journal. No mention of Truth Social today, if they reported on his belated remarks.

These news outlets mentioned (did not contextualize) Trump’s Truth Social post at least once in the 12 or so hours since its posting: CNN, NBC News, New York Times and the Washington Post (twice).

In the past 42 hours, Trump has ranted 64 times on TruthSocial:

  • 13 times from 3:11 pm EST on Sunday to 10:41 am EST on Monday
  • 51 from 3:06 pm EST on Saturday to 3:11 pm EST on Sunday

During that period, his timeline featured eight “ads.” Only one was from an outside organization. (How is this OK to the FEC?)

If news organizations aren’t going to highlight or contextualize them, you can monitor his “TruthSocial” posts without having an account on Truth Social.

From algorithmically generated disinformation to an epidemic of odds-not-stakes reporting … it’s going to “take a village” to create awareness and understanding among voters who don’t eat-sleep-and-breathe politics. Which is most people!

Earlier this month, Steven Levitsky, professor of political science at Harvard and co-author of the acclaimed 2018 book How Democracies Die, discussed Trump’s rhetoric with Public Notice.

What concerns me most when I hear Trump’s use of terms like “vermin” and “poisoning the blood of the country” is the lack of reaction to it. The fact that both voters and the establishment — most importantly Republicans themselves — all just shrug. That worries the hell out of me. I’s become increasingly clear since the 2020 election that a lot of Americans and an overwhelming majority of Republicans will tolerate a lot more than we thought five, 10, or 15 years ago.

The red line for this society, and particularly the red line for Republican leaders, is way, way more advanced than most of us suspected. Sometimes I think Trump is like a kid testing to see how far he can go. Can he read directly out of Mein Kampf? I have no idea what drives Trump to say these things, but we keep accepting it. That’s what worries me.

As Dr. Benjamin Franklin reportedly said in 1787, the United States is “a republic, if you can keep it.” 

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reported last fall that 3-in-4 Americans they surveyed “agree[d] that the future of American democracy is at risk in the 2024 presidential election.”

I have to believe that open-minded voters want to understand consequences. However, too many of us don’t have the time, energy or expertise to ferret out that information.

So, if you have the time, please stay informed and then spread the word!

It will take active citizens to keep the village that is American democracy alive and thriving. Will you join me?

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By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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