It’s hard to imagine that President Donald Trump’s Twitter behavior could possibly get any worse but last Friday he outdid himself by sending the most tweets in a single day than he has at any point in his tenure as president.
Trump sent out 200 tweets and retweets that day while the nation rioted and protested police brutality and racism in cities all over the country.
Factba.se, which tracks Trump’s tweets, said that Friday, June 5th, saw the most tweets sent in one day in the history of that account.
As for the week leading up to that? Trump had sent 468 tweets by Friday night and that is the record high in one week since his presidency began.
The president also broke his record for most tweets sent in an hour by sending 74 times between 8 and 9am that same day.
Factba.se says that Trump has really amped up his Twitter usage this year as we head into the months leading up to the election.
1/2: We’re wrapping the day at 200 tweets for @realDonaldTrump. Most for the account ever, period. At 468 tweets, it’s the most in a week for #Trump for his presidency. And 74 tweets between 8-9 a.m. = most in an hour ever. pic.twitter.com/5C0HYWa7jP
— Factba.se (@FactbaseFeed) June 6, 2020
Prior to Friday, his previous record of most tweets and retweets in one day stood at 142, which he reached on January 23- right in the middle of his impeachment trial.
According to CNN, back in 2017, Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary at the time, said that Trump’s tweets were classified as official statements.
It’s relevant to note that this record-breaking Twitter tirade came just a little over a week after Trump flipped out on the social media giant because it placed warnings on his tweets that fact-checked him for saying that voting by mail would lead to voter fraud.
The president signed an executive order on May 28 that plans to create new guidelines for how Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram are allowed to regulate users’ speech.
The order also requires the Federal Trade Commission to keep an ongoing list user complaints about political bias on those same sites.
Legal experts question the validity and legality of the order, saying that it will be difficult to enforce at best and that some parts actually appear to be illegal.
In fact, Trump has already been hit with one lawsuit, filed by the Center for Democracy in Technology in DC, which said that the order directly violates the first amendment.
When the protests over the death of George Floyd were reaching peak turmoil, the president tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
In a shocking move, Twitter hit that tweet with a warning to users that said the language it contained violated the company’s policies about “glorifying violence.”
Some Twitter users have even reported that recently if you search for the word “racist” on Twitter, the president’s Twitter account pops up.
the top result for racist on Twitter is the president of the United States pic.twitter.com/WImndE4KqF
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 6, 2020