The COVFEFE Bill
Would Make Trump’s Tweets
Official Presidential Records
Some may find this funny, some preposerous and some find it a bill to take seriously.
The So-Called Covfefe Bill
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Monday June 12, which would lead to classifying any and all presidential social media posts.
This includes Trump’s tweets, of course. This bill would make them official presidential records.
The real and full title of the bill Rep. Quigley is proposing is this; The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act.
Yes, you read that right. Who says politicians aren’t creative?
The bill would amend the Presidential Records Act to include social media posts.
Is This A Joke?
What makes the Covfefe bill relevant is this:
According to the Presidential Records Act, all presidential records must be preserved.
This would potentially make it illegal for the president to delete tweets or posts of any kind on social media.
Rep. Quigley argued it this way:
“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.”
Frankly, anyone who holds Trump accountable for his actions should get a big, gold star and extra vacation days.
Although it should be said, that this past January, a spokesperson for the National Archives told the Associated Press that social media posts WOULD qualify as presidential records.
However, that statement is not explicitly spelled out in the law. Which means Trump still can get away with tweeting crazy stuff at 4am.
True? Not True?
Most of us took the “word” covfefe as a mistake.
Although Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the media that the term was used intentionally, stating:
“The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” he said.
Whatever that means.
Various groups of people have various opinions as to how seriously we need to take Trump’s tweets.
The White House, surrogates and GOP congressmen have all issued differing statements about them.
Recently though, the White House clarified that social media should be taken as official communication from the president.
Thank you for reading.
I wish you many imaginative tales.
R.M. Robbins email@example.com