Jo Swinson tells Trump to delete his Twitter account

I’m sure most of us will have had slightly awkward conversations with friends and relatives who, say, saw a nice picture of a field of poppies and a union jack and shared it on Facebook not realising that they were sharing the work of the horribly racist and islamophobic Britain First.

I always point it out to people and most of the time they are utterly mortified and swear to be more vigilant next time.

There is no such embarrassment from the President of the US. No pretending he was hacked. No apology. No regret. This isn’t your auntie sharing something inadvertently. This is seriously bad. When a leader retweets this sort of stuff, it causes repercussions for ordinary people peacefully going about their lives. My friends will likely get abuse in the street. Not long ago a friend of mine was walking down the street and moved out of the way to let someone pass. “I don’t thank people like you” came the response. Imagine living with that sort of crap every day. It wears you down.

Jo Swinson suggested that the best thing for Trump to do would be to get off Twitter.

The mask has yet again slipped, revealing the atrocious views of President Trump. It is incredibly dangerous for someone in his position of responsibility to sow such division and hatred at every turn.

Trump needs to do the world a favour and delete his account.

I guess the only thing we can do about this is to make sure that we do all we can to bring people together. We can’t let the likes of Trump and Britain First set people up to be targets of hatred and intimidation.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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11 Comments

  • Mick Taylor 29th Nov '17 - 9:07pm

    We can all take responsibility for our own actions and delete Trump from our twitter accounts (he was never someone I followed) and refuse to respond to him in any circumstances. If enough people did this he would cease to be a (twitter) problem.

  • I am sure he has absolutely no idea who she is, and think this post is just pissing in the wind. Really, what’s the point of it.

  • DON’T get Trump to delete anything…Keep it there so all can see him for the bullying bigot that he is…
    Theresa May won’t cancel his invitation but condemnation of tweets like this will either ensure that the White House will find an excuse to cancel/postpone or the welcome will see, to use his own words, “The biggest turnout for anyone anywhere”; except this time the crowds won’t be applauding him….

  • Ian Hurdley 30th Nov '17 - 8:28am

    If Trump’s visit to Britain goes ahead, can we expect Britain First to form the guard of honour?

  • David Cooper 30th Nov '17 - 8:33am

    The credibility of the most shocking video, showing a boy being pushed of a roof, has not been challenged. It is not the President who should be embarrassed by that video.

  • Richard Underhill 30th Nov '17 - 8:59am

    The person who killed JO Cox MP was convicted of murder. To establish whether he was fit to plead in court he will have been interviewed by two psychiatrists. Anyone who asserts he was mentally ill is therefore wrong.

  • I’m afraid we often use the statement “they are mentally ill” when someone does something we don’t approve of, rather than reaching the conclusion that they are evil or desperate. So much easier to use mental illness as an excuse and by doing so effectively down playing and disparaging those with real mental issues.

  • Richard Underhill 30th Nov '17 - 9:07am

    David Cooper 30th Nov ’17 – 8:33am .
    Channel 4 News 29/11/2017 chased the origin to Dutch TV, which was harmless. Trump follows only 46 people on Twitter, one of whom they tried to interview, but she could not stand up the story and tried to reverse the burden of proof. The comments of Trump’s press spokeswoman would also be laughable if the issue were not so serious.

  • David Blake 30th Nov '17 - 4:31pm

    I know that our MPs are busy people, that there are not many of them and that they have many commitments, but it’s a pity that so far as I could see, not a single one attended the discussion on Trump’s tweets in the Commons chamber this morning.

  • @ David Blake “I could see, not a single one attended the discussion on Trump’s tweets in the Commons chamber this morning”.

    I didn’t see any of them in the Autism and Mental Health debate either…..

  • Trump re-tweets Britain First tweets, May takes time out of telling Saudi’s not to use weapons we sold them to tell him off, Trump replies via twitter to the wrong May…..meanwhile Richard Branson is suing the NHS.

    I think, in this truly bizarre turn of events, that Trump’s “punishment” being deleting the online media presence he loves is somewhat fitting.

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