Trump Broke Two Records For His Personal Twitter Usage In September
It’s not exactly a secret to anyone that President Donald Trump likes to use Twitter to help promote his messaging, but it appears that he’s been ramping things up in recent days, sending out social media posts at a higher rate than his typical average.
According to reporting from CNN, Trump has tweeted 790 times in the month of September, which breaks his previous record set in May of this year, which was 695 tweets. For the week of September 23, Trump sent out 240 tweets, which was also a record for most tweets he sent out during a week.
That means that, on average, Trump tweeted more than 34 times per day, which is pretty close to what his output was from 11 a.m. Monday morning to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, when the commander-in-chief put out around 35 tweets.
“This is generally an unleashed version of Trump,” CNN reporter Daniel Dale said.
Trump’s Twitter usage has generally been viewed negatively by the American public. A Morning Consult poll from over a year ago, for example, found that 72 percent of respondents thought Trump used the social media platform “too much,” while 13 percent felt he used it “about the right amount.” Just 2 percent said the president should tweet more.
According to the Trump Twitter Archive, the week prior to the release of that poll, the president had tweeted a mere 61 times.
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It’s probable that Trump amped up his Twitter usage over the past week due to the announcement by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that Democrats would open an official impeachment inquiry into the president. Pelosi made the announcement after media reports came about detailing a whistleblower complaint against Trump, suggesting that he had pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July phone call to investigate Democratic candidate for president and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The complaint also alleged that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine just days before the phone call to Zelensky, possibly as a means to apply more pressure on the leader to do what Trump had requested during the conversation. Ukraine had been expecting more than $400 million in aid from the United States, Vox reported.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said in her statement last week announcing the start of the impeachment inquiry.