Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley Pushes COVFEFE Act to hold Trump Liable for his Tweets
What is COVFEFE? Who knows? Even President Donald Trump whose misspelled Twitter post introduced the word to Americans may not know either.
That has not stopped Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley, a Democrat from trying to make it into a legislative acronym.
A bill introduced by Representative Quigley (D-IL), the co-founder and chairman of the Congressional Transparency Caucus will force Donald Trump and every future president to have their social media posts and comments preserved for future generations.
The Communications Over Various Feed Electronically For Engagement or COVFEFE Act, if passed, will amend the Presidential Record Act so that tweets and other presidential social media activities would be considered documents that must be preserved.
Rep. Quigley said in a statement announcing the bill that President Trump needed to be accountable for his tweets.
“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say. This includes 140-character tweets. President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communications is unprecedented,” he said.
COVFEFE came about when Donald Trump tweeted what some say was a misspelled word that possibly should have been the word COVERAGE. Realizing his error, President Trump later deleted the tweet.
Since becoming President of the United States, Donald Trump has used his personal Twitter account as his preferred means of communicating with his supporters. He has announced important presidential initiatives through Twitter including his announcement last week that he will be nominating a new FBI director to replace the fired James Comey.
Experts believe this circumvents official channels and established protocol.
The National Archives had earlier advised the White House to start preserving all presidential tweets, including deleted tweets.
In 2014 the National Archives released guidance stating that social media merits historical recording.
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