US: Legislation to add Trump’s personal tweets to National Archives

A Chicago Democrat proposed a legislation that will add US President Donald Trump’s tweets and social media statements to the National Archives. The bill is jokingly named after the famous ‘Covfefe’ tweet.
Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), US Representative for Illinois Mike Quigley proposed a legislation according to which any of US President Donald Trump’s statements on social networks, including from his personal Twitter account, will be included in the National Archives. The meaning of the bill is that all of Trump’s tweets since his inauguration would be kept forever.

The legislation is called the COVFEFE Act, named after a tweet that Trump posted with what is presumed a typing error. The post stirred social networks and comedians, and even caused Trump himself to jokingly call followers to discover “the true meaning” of the word.

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The famous tweet Photo credit: Twitter/ Channel 2 News

Since 2014, the National Archives contain all the content uploaded in the official accounts of the US President due to the growing importance of these platforms. However, Trump increasingly uses his personal account parallel to the official one for political statements and policy issues and Quigley wants to ensure that these will also be documented for future generations.

Quigley is reportedly very serious about the bill, despite the funny name. The official name of the act will be the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act. However, his chances of passing the bill are low as he is from the Democratic party that currently holds a minority in the House of Representatives.



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