President Donald Trump is no stranger to Twitter. The president has used the social media platform to bypass traditional communication routes and talk directly to his supporters.
While there are benefits to Twitter, the platform may be doing more harm than good for a president known to have “Twitter fingers.”
Digital producer and writer Mili Mitra wrote in The Washington Post that Twitter has revealed Trump’s ignorance.
“Six days after the Hindu festival of Diwali had come and gone, President Trump hosted a small celebration at the White House.” Mitra wrote.
“Surrounded by members of his staff of South Asian origin, Trump lighted a Diya, or ceremonial lamp, and then tweeted out a short message about the holiday. There was just one problem: Though his tweet noted that ‘Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains’ celebrate the holiday, it forgot to mention Hindus — who make up a majority of Diwali celebrants — altogether,” she said.
Adding, “He soon followed up with another tweet calling Diwali ‘the Hindu Festival of Lights,’ but showed no sign that he understood that ‘Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains’ were not Hindus.”
“Twitter users were quick to seize on this gaffe, though very few actually seemed surprised. It was an entirely expected blunder from a president who regularly exposes his ignorance. (After all, we’re talking about the man who once said he is a ‘big fan of Hindu’ — although the religion is known as Hinduism.)”
She noted that even though the White House attempted to honor a different culture, that Trump’s ignorance was clear.
“So, at the end of the day, the Diwali ceremony in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday was not a celebration of religious tolerance or Indian American achievement,” she wrote.
She continued, “It was a show of gaslighting that served to disguise the myriad ways in which the Trump administration has harmed Indian American communities across the country. The South Asian-origin officials who stood by him only normalized his hateful rhetoric and perpetuated the myth that Trump will somehow help their communities.”
“The fact is that the Trump presidency has negatively impacted communities of color in serious and lasting ways. No amount of Diwali lamp-lighting to ward off evil can change that,” Mitra concluded.