U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) is using the “covfefe” phenomenon to introduce an important piece of legislation.
Rep. Quigley introduces the “COVFEFE Act” pic.twitter.com/3nIyPdBPqY
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 12, 2017
The COVFEFE Act (Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement) would amend the Presidential Records Act to subject President Trump’s tweets to historic preservation laws. Representative Quigley, who is the ranking member of the House Transparency Committee, cited a 2014 decision by the National Archives that stated social media posts should be included in historical documents pertaining to elected officials.
“Government now uses a wide variety of social media platforms but we have limited this project to Twitter and YouTube as, although archiving them presented unique technical challenges, we were confident that it was feasible,” the National Archives wrote in a 2014 blog post. “In addition, Twitter and YouTube are heavily used across central government and contain a large amount of information that may not be accessible elsewhere.”
If the bill were to pass, it would effectively prevent President Trump from deleting any of his tweets after January 20, no matter how embarrassing. As of this writing, no committee hearings have yet been scheduled for the COVFEFE Act.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.