The great state of ... Kansas?
With the 2020 State of the Union address and impeachment acquittal drama, President Donald Trump has yet to escape the headlines recently.
One event that may have slipped through the cracks of all this was Trump's now-deleted congratulatory tweet to the Kansas City Chiefs that stated: "Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!"
If you are not an avid football watcher and haven't noticed the mistake yet, let me point it out to you: The Kansas City Chiefs are from Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas.
Such a simple mistake was met by overwhelming mockery and ridicule from the public. One Twitter user even went so far as to comment, "They can't make up for the shame that Trump brings to our country."
Why was this not an acceptable mistake? I mean I didn't even notice the error before scrolling and being flabbergasted by the multitude of replies.
Public figures and public officials have an unspoken responsibility that comes with their job being in the center of the public eye. This responsibility is also the reason celebrities and prominent government officials get so much negative feedback when they make the slightest misstep.
By becoming a public figure or official, one knowingly takes on a role that capitalizes on being the center of media attention. They know and earn money from the fact that all eyes are on them.
The millions of dollars they get are compensatory for the pressure of being seen as the idols and representatives of society.
By making such a commitment to be this figure, they take on the responsibility of representing the best of society.
When they make such trivial mistakes, it makes the public look bad in the eyes of outsiders because these are figures who are supposed to represent who the American people are in terms of values, morals, and overall characteristics.
If they act in such a haphazard manner, one can only imagine what the average American does.
This is why Trump has been criticized again and again for his rampant Twitter account. Especially in a democracy, whether or not you agree with them, a president is supposed to represent the values of the American public.
That is what is assumed. Although he may symbolically be "Not My President," in actuality, he is. He is the representative —who outsiders view as a fundamental American—when they think of the United States.
When Trump lazily tweets random falsehoods and errors, this does not reflect well on him or in turn, the American public. That is why Twitter users have taken such a simple mistake and blown it up to try to prove that Trump is an unacceptable representative.
As an American, people don't want Trump's tweets to define what others see as their values and who they are.
This is not limited to Trump, although he is the focus of this article because of his recent tweet.
Any president or public official needs to learn to practice restraint in making such public addresses. Fast news isn't always good news.
Reem Alharithi is a junior at West Linn High School.
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