Trump Tweets and His Impeachment Inquiry

Following the first news of the whistleblower complaint, President Donald Trump has increased the number of times a day he’s been tweeting. In fact, the search trend of Donald Trump tweets and the search for the impeachment inquiry have similar high points and low points.

Trump tweets is indicated by the red line with the blue line the impeachment inquiry. This graph is for the period of Sept 26, 2019 through Oct 3, 2019.

The search for President Trump’s tweets may be linked to the fact that he has been tweeting more in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi launching an impeachment inquiry into him and the call he had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

One theory that David Frum a staff writer from the Atlantic has is that the increased number of Trump’s tweets is his strategy for impeachment as the impeachment inquiry moves forward.

The strategy David Frum outlines is that Trump will talk more about impeachment, show no contrition, leave “fingerprints” everywhere, make no attempt at persuasion and to “read stage directions out loud.”

Trump’s tweets about the impeachment inquiry the majority of the time, yet he makes no move to appeal to the swing-voters or independents that may have voted for him or to ease any concerns they may have. His tweets remain focused to his supporters and reinforce the idea that even if impeached, he won’t go quietly. The tweet in reference is when he tweeted about the idea of another civil war. Another strategy he is implementing is attempting to appear as the victim of the Democrats impeachment inquiry.

More content of his tweets have also included promoting conservatives whose statements mimic his own and tweets against the impeachment inquiry. Some of his tweets berate the Democrats who are involved in the impeachment inquiry.

One of the Democrats that takes most of the heat from Trump is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Schiff has been the center of Trump’s criticism after Schiff dramatized, or “parodied”, the Ukraine phone call during his testimony to Congress to help draw on the similarities of the phone call and a mob shake down.

“Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates: ‘We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it. On this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people. I’m going to put you in touch with the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with (presidential attorney) Rudy (Giuliani). You’re going to love him, trust me. You know what I’m asking and so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff

The statement given above has prompted Trump to continue to respond to Schiff with a series of tweets that span from Sept 26, 2019 until present. In these tweets, Trump calls Schiff a liar, sick, lowlife, and a fraud.

An important tweet to note is the one where President Trump wanted Schiff “questioned” for fraud and treason for the parodied version of the call between Zelensky and Trump.

Treason as defined in Article III of the United States Constitution applies to only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. Which Schiff’s statement is known of the above.

Rep. Adam Schiff’s full opening statement to Congress

Trump continued to tweet about Schiff, often referencing treason along with the statement he made to Congress. The call transcript released by the White House is similar to Schiff’s comments. In the opening statement Schiff also makes it known that this is just the “essence” of what had happened in the call between the United States and Ukraine. Even with the summarization and parody of the call, it’s important to note that the transcript released by the White House was non-verbatim which means that sometimes things that are said are missed (but it’s still very close) and that it wasn’t an exact transcript.

As Trump continues to go on long tweeting sprees throughout the day its probable that this means that his tweets will be searched for more as well. Tweets are newsworthy and people are beginning to realize that they affect more than originally thought. It will be interesting to see how the impeachment inquiry will be affected by Trump’s tweets.

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