There is never a need to worry about what is on the mind of President-elect Donald Trump, since there will almost always be 140 characters or less to keep you informed.

Trump takes to Twitter constantly to either defend, attack or provide a reminder that he won the election.

Just Monday he decided to take aim at actress Meryl Streep, who was critical of Trump during a Golden Globe acceptance speech Sunday night.

During her speech, Streep criticized Trump for mocking a disabled reporter while Trump was on the campaign trail.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”

Trump, who has denied mocking the reporter, shot back on Twitter.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” he said in a series of three tweets. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

It’s not the first time Trump has taken to Twitter to rail against someone in the public eye. It wasn’t even the first time in the last week.

On Friday he set his sights on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump said in two tweets. “So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”

Trump uses Twitter like an internet troll. Anyone who isn’t on his side is a loser and he wants nothing more than to bait them into a response.

Just look at his happy new year tweet in which he said, “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”

He is dying for attention and Twitter is a prime place for it.

The problem is when he sets his sights on people who aren’t on the level of fame like Streep and Schwarzenegger.

During an October 2015 political forum, then 18-year-old Lauren Batchelder addressed Trump saying, “So, maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think you’re a friend to women.” Batchelder then asked for equal pay for women and protection of reproductive rights.

Trump responded on stage to her questions, but the next day responded on Twitter with a single tweet that read, “The arrogant young woman who questioned me in such a nasty fashion at No Labels yesterday was a Jeb staffer! HOW CAN HE BEAT RUSSIA & CHINA?”

Besides the fact that she wasn’t a Jeb Bush staffer at any point, the tweet from Trump led to a string of online harassment for Batchelder, including threats of death or rape after some of Trump’s Twitter followers responded to the tweet with her personal information.

“I love social media, but I also saw the terrible side of social media,” Batchelder said in a Washington Post article.

No matter where you stand on Trump’s political opinions, there is no place for a Twitter troll in the White House. Trump will be president for the next four years and during that time he should take a step back from social media or learn how to use it more responsibly.

Jonathan Herrmann is a sports writer for the News-Herald. He can be contacted at or 865-986-6581.