Trump’s direct line to the people is a tangled mess

Re “One year later, tweets still Trump’s strength” (Page A1, Dec. 26): What metric is Matt Viser using to determine the effectiveness of President Trump’s tweets? While Trump excoriates the press for printing “fake news,” his tweets actually exhibit untruths and exaggerations and undermine the public’s need for fact-based discourse, not to mention governance. The danger of this tweeting behavior is that it creates the impression that policy can be generated by an individual, in cyberspace, whereas our democracy is founded on debate and deliberation, in person, by groups of people in congressional bodies. The name-calling of foreign leaders also weakens any diplomacy efforts.

The metric should be the protection of the democractic system, not how memorable or annoying the president’s tweets are.

Abby Yanow