- The first day of House impeachment hearings sent President Donald Trump into a Twitter frenzy. Trump tweeted and retweeted 34 times.
- The House Democrats’ impeachment strategy is apparently to hallow the proceedings by wrapping it in terms of historical precedent.
- President Trump’s strategy is grounded in history as well. He’s using Twitter as a ready-made, digital “bully pulpit.”
President Donald Trump fired off 34 tweets and retweets on Day 1 of the U.S. House Democrats’ impeachment hearing. As the president’s fiercest political opponents brought their opening arguments to bear, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to fend off the Democrats’ full-frontal Article II, Section 4 assault on his presidency.
Retweeted by Donald Trump as the impeachment hearing began:
Trump was in peak form with all the Twitter activity on Wednesday. When he tweeted a relatively laid-back 22 times in one day after the Republican midterm primaries last August, Politico called it, “The Day Trump Never Stopped Tweeting.” When he tweeted and retweeted 29 times in March earlier that year, CNN called it, “Trump’s craziest day ever on Twitter.” But these days Trump is in full berserker mode.
Is Trump Trying to Tweet His Way Out of Impeachment?
Increased Twitter activity has become a staple of the president’s strategy to fight the Democrats’ persistent campaign to impeach him. The more the impeachment proceedings heat up, the more he tweets. It follows the president’s pattern of using Twitter to hit back against the Russian collusion investigation.
In May of 2018, Trump sent an amazingly prescient tweet:
The Witch Hunt finds no Collusion with Russia – so now they’re looking at the rest of the World.