Trump Tweets Have Consequences

A Lesson From Pittsburgh: Trump's Tweets Are Dangerous

Trump's twitter rants are more than just partisan rhetoric: they inspire hate.


On Saturday morning, the United States witnessed one of its most horrific hate crimes to date: the killing of eleven worshippers inside Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. The tragedy occurred at the hands of Robert Bowers, an outspoken anti-semite who stormed into Shabbat services armed with an AR-15 and three handguns, decrying his wish to "kill Jews."

When news first broke on Saturday morning, President Trump tweeted his condolences to the victim's families, followed by a plea for all Americans to come together against the forces of anti-semitism: "We must unite to conquer hate." However, only a day later, Trump decided to pick fault with the "Fake News" media, blaming the "hostile" and "inaccurate" reporting of his political enemies for the country's divisiveness and the recent outpouring of hate-motivated crimes.

Though the president would like to say that he supports an end to the virulent partisanship that plagues this country, his own actions only contribute to the fray. Trump's tweet about the news media's involvement in the synagogue shooting received over 180 thousand likes and 49 thousand retweets, over double the amount received by his tweet calling for unity. And it is apparent that the president's escalating twitter rants around immigration helped set the stage for what happened in Pittsburgh.

Looking to those antagonistic tweets and the radical responses they ignite on Twitter and beyond provides a key clue into Robert Bowers' hateful mindset. In his account, a social media platform that boasts its protection of "free speech" by enforcing practically no content restrictions, Bowers referred to those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on migrant caravans as "invaders," echoing Trump's sentiments in an October 25 tweet that called on migrants to turnaround and "go back to your Country." On October 29, a day after the shooting in Pittsburgh, Trump directly referred to the migrant caravans as an "invasion" of United States.

Bowers's pre-existing anger towards the Jewish people was further fueled when he learned that Jewish refugee advocacy group HIAS was supporting the migrants on the border. After criticizing the "evil" efforts of HIAS online and their attempts to aid "invaders," Bowers posted a page from HIAS's website that listed the locations of Shabbat services held on behalf of refugees, one of those locations being less than a mile away from Tree of Life synagogue.

Although Bowers himself criticized Trump in the past (mostly because of his Jewish family members), the similarities between the president's online ravings and those of a domestic terrorist should spark concern in every American. Trump's attacking response to the tragedy in Pittsburgh, and his partisan offenses in general, provide fertile ground for radical right-wing groups to spew their own violent messages online — groups that evidently inspired Bowers' own hateful posts and ultimately, his sickening rampage. The culture of hate that the president's tweets foment undoubtedly counteract any half-hearted calls for unity he may tout.

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To The Soon-To-Be College Freshman Who Think They'll Keep Their High School Friends, Know This

You will maybe talk to 10 people back from your high school while your in college.


I know what you are thinking "Of course I am going to still talk to all my high school friends once we graduate." "You just didn't keep up with your friends." "I am going to talk to them every day."

Of course, you may be the lucky ones that go on to the same college and university, but if you follow your best friend to college then have you ever thought to yourself. "Did I choose my school based on if my friend(s) would go to college together." Obviously, it could be coincidental that you end up in the same place, but my argument is more on the idea of having friends that go to the same college on your list of important things once you move away.

Now if you are still reading and still in denial with what I am saying then continue.

Since moving away from home I have broadened my horizons and met more people then I could ever have imagined. I have met people that if I have not kept an open mind to them I would not be friends with them now. You will most likely choose the same type of friends that you had in high school if you do not keep an open mind when finding friends in college.

You also do not want to be that person who refuses to make other friends besides their high school friends. I hate to break it to you, but your high school friends will find other friends beside you when they leave for college/university. This time in your life is supposed to be "a new chapter" if you do not branch out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in a little bubble for the rest of your life.

Not only will your friends in your high school class be making friends, but you need to make friends that are in the same stage of life that you are also in. Still talking to high school aged friends will limit you from conversations due to distance, lack of relevance, and just not going through the same stuff as you.

Sounds daunting? I know.

I am not saying that you can not be friends still with your high school friends. From time to time I catch up with mine to see how the school is going for them, and how they are doing, but I am building and forming relationships with my friends at college because you have had to start up from ground zero, and will be forming a foundation until we graduate.

Even when you have broken it is nice to hang out with your high school friends and talk about the good old days. My point to you is to keep an open mind and to not get upset when high school friends have moved on and found their new friends from school just like you.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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