President Trump uses his Twitter feed the way past presidents used the White House briefing room. It’s the place where he announces policy and delivers his message to the American people. And it’s also the place where he, often gleefully, tries to skewer his political opponents.
As the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry continues and Trump’s own reelection efforts gather speed, an NPR analysis shows that Trump’s broadsides against Democrats in Congress have intensified since July. And his language about nonwhite lawmakers has also grown more heated.
NPR examined Trump’s tweets, both positive and negative, about every single current member of Congress starting from his Inauguration Day until last week. As of Oct. 4, Trump had tweeted more than 700 times about sitting members of Congress.
Trump would go on to tweet about the “squad” — Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — nearly 20 times collectively in about three months.