As you may or may not know, last month, Donald Trump tweeted something weird. I know, he does that a lot, so it might be hard to remember which specific tweet, so I’ll give you a little refresher. It was the infamous Covfefe tweet, something that still makes zero sense. Here it is, in case you need to jog your memory:
He did eventually delete the tweet, but it sparked an important question: what the F does “covfefe” mean and why did the President tweet it at 12:30 AM on May 31st? Who knows. Many people assumed he meant to write “coverage” or maybe even “conference,” and it was a typo that slipped through the cracks (maybe he fell asleep in the middle of tweeting or thought that auto-correct would spell for him). Whatever the case, it was up on Twitter for hours, lead to a ton of covfefe memes that made us all laugh in the face of despair, and reminded us of how weird it is that someone who uses social media like this is leading the free world. The covefe madness had since died down, and we thought that that was the end of it. But we were wrong. Now, a Covfefe Act is going through congress. Yes, really.
The act basically states that any tweet the President writes should be preserved and officially archived. In other words, Trump should not be able to delete his tweets, since that would be the equivalent of him destroying a government document. Right now, the presidential Twitter account (@POTUS) is already being archived by the White House, but this act would make Donald Trump’s personal account (@RealDonaldTrump) able to be archived as well. The act itself was introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois and is titled The “Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement” Act, AKA Covfefe (get it?).
The act says that, “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.” The act is basically meant to discourage the president from tweeting
dumb unedited tweets that need to be deleted later on.
It makes total sense: the President of the United States is constantly making public statements on the internet, and he should be held accountable for them. This new act aims to increase transparency and hold the President responsible for his weird and random tweets. Donald Trump has already deleted 19 tweets since being sworn in, so this act would make him unable to do that, and have to live with his tweets. Yes, the act has a silly name that might keep it from being taken super seriously, but the message is important: Trump has to stop using his personal Twitter account to make himself, and America by extension, look ridiculous. I think that’s something we should all agree on.
What do you think of this act? Tell us in the comments!