Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois has introduced a new bill called the COVFEFE ACT which would make it illegal for President Donald Trump to delete his tweets. The subject has specifically become important in court decisions pertaining to Trump's "Travel Bans" — in which judges have used his public statements to argue against the legality of his mandates and edicts.
The COVFEFE Act, named after Trump's notorious typo (which Sean Spicer later implied was not a typo but a secret message), would preserve the President's social media posts as part of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. The posts would become part of the National Archives. COVFEFE here is surprisingly acronymic: the letters stand for Communication Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, according to Vocativ.
“President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented,” Quigley stated in a statement. “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.”
Quigley has previously introduced the MAR-A-LAGO bill (also acronymic: Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act) in order to make Trump's visitor logs public.
The President's tweets have become increasingly important in actual political discussions lately, specifically in the federal court's appeal ruling pertaining to Trump's new revised order on immigration and security. According to Ars Technica, the court used Trump's tweets on the issues to prove the "travel ban" is an excessively vague executive order that illegally targets people solely because of their country of origin. "Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the 'countries' that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s travel ban," the court wrote, citing one of Trump's tweets from June 6th.
"As long as a rational observer would view the primary purpose of the policy as neutral, the President will encounter no judicial obstacle," Hawaii argued. "Indeed, if the President had not used the first Order's public signing ceremony, numerous public interviews and speeches, and his Twitter account to make a series of barely veiled statements linking the Orders to his promised Muslim ban, this Order might have passed constitutional muster," a Hawaiian judge had written the first time the order was shut down.
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