The DNC Tweeted A Question And, Boy, Is It Sorry! (TWEETS)
The DNC (Democratic National Committee) no doubt thought it were asking a simple question when it took to Twitter late Saturday afternoon. What the party was asking of its followers was this:
We want to know what YOU want the future of our party to look like and what you want from our next Chair. Tell us:
And, boy, did it get told — by hundreds of Twitter fans!
Most who responded could not believe the timing. In the midst of a national crisis, precipitated by Donald Trump’s executive order to keep immigrants out of the country — in the midst of nationwide protests at airports across the country — this was what the DNC was concerned with?
Sean Duregger went right to the point:
HAVE YOU TURNED ON THE FUCKING NEWS TODAY?!?!
— Sean Kringle DuKrampus (@seanCduregger) January 29, 2017
As did @msmarianpinky:
I want you to respond to the #MuslimBan!!!! What is wrong with you?!?!
— m s (@msmarianpinky) January 29, 2017
And so did countless others — in a variety of very colorful answers. Laurie Diamond was specific with her directions:
– ummm…Hello? Do you have a clue what is happening right now? Stop tweeting, call a news conference & do something!
— laurie diamond (@diamondl23) January 29, 2017
That the DNC has no idea what is wrong with its party seemed obvious to most who answered. The very fact that officials would use Twitter to pose their inane question showed how out of touch they could be with younger generations. Did they really not expect the lambasting that followed?
@LikeChristianB was incredulous and reframed the DNC’s question into the words he thought it actually was saying:
"hey guys, we know the country is going to shit, but what should our website look like? You decide!"
— CB-H8 (Christian!)? (@LikeChristianB) January 29, 2017
There were multiple suggestions to grow a spine, sometimes with an illustration of what a real spine looks like. Many more suggested that the party go out and find some testicles. The theme of standing up and fighting back was pervasive:
@AleciaWarrenXO tried to build a fire under their inaction:
— Civil Disobedience.? (@Civldisobedient) January 29, 2017
Some wanted direct action from their representatives, as in, get out of their bubble and into the streets:
— We Are Kyle ⭐️ (@Shieldk2) January 29, 2017
I want you to fight. I want you to #resist. If you need help, look at what the GOP did for the past 8 years.
— Tink (@tinkrbe1l3) January 29, 2017
Transgarbo woman attempted to point out the obvious direction that current circumstances demand:
You have the most militarized, galvanized, and furiously united left this nation has experienced in DECADES and you have no idea.
— Transgarbo woman (@Herracks) January 29, 2017
Over and over again, incredulity raised its head:
— ?Carly Sleigh Jepsen? (@ErinKys) January 29, 2017
Stop. Voting. For. Trump's. Cabinet. Nominees.
How did you lose to these idiots?
— Scott Held (@ScottHeld45) January 29, 2017
Some spelled out specific actions that they expect if the party wants their support, and particularly if it wants to connect to younger generations. These include building a Bernie-Sanders-like grassroots movement, filing articles of impeachment, voting against Trump’s nominees, not acting like the presidency of Trump is normal, not taking for granted the votes of women or people of color, standing up and speaking out against Trump’s policies, and getting big money out of politics.
Others warned of the dire consequences if the DNC doesn’t act — and now:
The future of the party? What about the future of USA? If u dn't get off ur asses now no need 2 worry about the future?
— Brian (@brian74004485) January 29, 2017
But Travis York’s reaction was surely what many felt on initially reading the DNC’s tweet:
this is like, a fake account, right?
— This Charming Vato (@Travexas) January 29, 2017
If only, Travis. If only.
Feature photo by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánche, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
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