There’s a fine line between Twitter use and Twitter abuse, and Donald Trump knows he’s crossed it.
On Thursday, Ben Carson, former doctor and current Trump surrogate, discussed the GOP front-runner’s tweeting woes with Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman.
“I hope that somebody closes that Twitter account, really,” Kaufman lamented.
“Well, I think he will come to understand,” Carson replied. “We talk about it, and a number of people have talked about it, including his family. And he knows that it’s a problem. And the first part of solving the problem is recognizing that it exists.”
“And surrounding yourself with people you trust, when they tell you: This has to change,” Kaufman added.
As of Thursday night, Trump hadn’t quite received the message.
The Donald’s disease is all too common in the United States. Recent studies have shown that more than 60 million Americans have tried Twitter. Most will only use it once; a first-timer is likely to be overcome by the nausea the platform inevitably induces. But millions develop a tolerance for Twitter’s side effects and become hardcore users. At first, they tell themselves, "I only tweet socially!" The next thing they know, they’re tweeting racist memes about Syrian refugees just to get their fix of likes. It may be difficult to summon sympathy for a figure as callous as Donald Trump, but tweetaholism is a disease that no human deserves to suffer.