For the country, the week started with its focus on three events: the Iowa Caucus, the State of the Union and Impeachment. Not surprisingly the president’s twitter feed spent time on all three.
After finishing the previous week inaccurately suggesting that the Kansas City Chiefs were based in Kansas (they are in Missouri), Trump hit Monday promoting his reelection: “We have a ‘positive revolution’ going on in America,” “The RNC is building the biggest data infrastructure and ground game in the history of politics…,” “I hope Republicans and the American people realize that the totally partisan Impeachment Hoax is exactly that, a Hoax.”
But his attention quickly shifted to the Iowa Caucuses, “Republicans in Iowa, go out and caucus today.” And a lot of “KEEP AMERICAN GREAT!” populating his feed.
After some support for a conservative radio personality, “Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is.” who on Tuesday would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address, there was plenty of talk about impeachment: “Where’s the Whistleblower?” as well as the the work of the House, “House Democrats now demand the Senate do their investigatory work for them.” Six @MarshaBlackburn tweets on impeachment appeared on the feed between 11:08 pm and 11:11 pm.
Tuesday opened with a sharp critique of the Democratic Iowa Caucus: “Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale: ‘Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation.” and “When will the Democrats start blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, instead of their own competence for the voting disaster that just happened in the Great State of Iowa?”
That night, State of the Union took precedence: “It was a great and triumphant evening for our Country. Thank you for all of the nice remarks and wonderful reviews of my State of the Union Speech.”
But twitter rage quickly turned to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A retweet from @co_firing_line exclaims “The only thing Nancy Pelosi proved is that liberalism is an ideology of insane hate and rage.” The hashtag #PelosiTantrum was referenced in dozens of tweets and retweets that followed into Wednesday morning’s feed.
Thursday’s feed focused on Trump’s Senate acquittal on impeachment charges the previous afternoon: “The Senate acquitted President Trump on both charges fabricated by Congressional Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff, to carry out the most egregious and partisan attack against any president in our history.”
But not before taking a swipe at a traditional nemesis and a new enemy, “Had failed presidential @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the elections. Read the transcripts!”
And in an inexplicable retweet on Thursday from @tedcruz, “Welcome back. Avenatti won Iowa.”
Attacks on West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin followed later on Thursday: “I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democratic’s totally partisan Impeachment Hoax.” More attacks on Manchin followed.
Praise for Jeanine Piro, Debbie Lesko, Pete Rose, Ivanka Trump and scorn for Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Dingell and Bernie Sanders followed through the end of the weekend.