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Trolling At Its Finest: House Dem Introduces COVFEFE Act To Make Tweets Presidential Record

 
 

Trolling At Its Finest: House Dem Introduces COVFEFE Act To Make Tweets Presidential Record

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced a bill on Monday that would make all social media posts, including Donald Trump’s tweets, part of the official presidential record.

According to the Hill, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, named after what is arguably Trump’s most famous and incoherent tweet, would amend the Presidential Records Act to include “social media.” While this is certainly a prime example of expert trolling, the legislation would update the law to match the technology of the world we live in today.

Under the existing Presidential Records Act, presidential records must be preserved. This means that if social media posts were classified as presidential records, they could not be deleted like Trump’s tweets so often are.

President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post,” Quigley explained.

National Archives spokesperson Miriam Kleiman said back in January that although social media is not explicitly covered by the law, these posts would be likely to qualify as presidential records.

This isn’t the first time Quigley has trolled Trump through a cleverly named piece of legislation. He is also responsible for the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act which seeks to make visitor logs from both the White House and Trump’s posh resorts available to the public.

The COVFEFE Act would also put the debate of whether or not Trump’s tweets really ‘count’ as the word of the White House to bed once and for all. For months, the White House, Trump surrogates, and Republican lawmakers have all insisted that Trump’s tweets shouldn’t be taken seriously. But Trump claims that he uses Twitter so he can speak to the American people while circumventing the media. And White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed just last week that Trump’s tweets should indeed be “considered official statements by the president of the United States.”


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