Bob Goodlatte replies about President Trump’s Twitter activity

Dear Mr. Gavaler:

Thank you for contacting me about President Donald Trump’s Twitter activity.  I appreciate you sharing your concerns.

As your congressman here in the Sixth District, I take the responsibility of being your elected representative very seriously.  Whether it is by my votes, my public statements, or my actions, I strive each and every day to uphold the values and ideals of Virginia’s Sixth District.

President Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017 and assumed the responsibilities of the nation’s highest elected office at that time.  As President, he has the “bully pulpit” to advance his agenda to the American public.  One of the ways he has chosen to communicate with the nation is through the use of social media, specifically Twitter.  It is my hope that he will use that to share his vision for the future and plans for economic growth to show that America continues to be the greatest nation in the world.  I do understand why some folks have been troubled about the President’s Twitter statements and activity.  Please know that I appreciate those concerns and I hope he will use this platform to convey a positive message.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me and hope you will stay in touch as the 115th Congress continues to debate issues important to our country. I believe it is vital to keep an open line of communication so I can best serve the interests of Virginia’s 6th District. Please feel free to contact me whenever I may be of assistance to you and your family.


Bob Goodlatte
Member of Congress

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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