The vast majority of his 124 Twitter postings to his more than 71 million followers were retweets of messages, videos and images from Republican lawmakers and other backers haranguing Democrats over the impeachment trial

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 23, 2020

US President Donald Trump has broken his own presidential tweeting record for the number of tweets and retweets in a single day.

By 4:25 pm ET, Trump had smashed through his previous record of 123 Twitter postings in a day that he set a little over a month ago, according to Factba.se, a service that compiles and analyses data on Trump’s presidency, AP News reported.

Trump, who began his day at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, started his Wednesday morning by tweeting 41 times between 12 am and 1 am ET (6 am to 7 am in Davos). He has sent at least 124 tweets or retweets.

The vast majority of his Twitter postings to his more than 71 million followers were retweets of messages, videos and images from Republican lawmakers and other backers haranguing Democrats over the impeachment trial.

Trump never mentioned the impeachment trial when he gave a special address at the World Economic Forum which also saw climate activist Greta Thunberg in the audience. Thunberg had spoken earlier.

However, just before leaving Davos, Trump joked that he would face off with Democrats by coming to “sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces”.

Trump’s barrage of tweets included plenty of incendiary posts excoriating Adam Schiff, one of the House Democratic impeachment managers, and a retweet of a provocative image posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino that shows Trump walking in front of a fiery scene meant to symbolise the incineration of the “Deep State.”

At the impeachment trial in the Senate, Washington DC, House Democrats managers continued to assert their case for impeachment of Trump for a second day. The Senate reconvened less than 12 hours after a marathon first day and at least 10 seats were vacant.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, who is presiding over the impeachment trial, arguably was the highlight of the first day when he used the word “pettifogging” to illustrate a point. He used it to remind the Democrats Houser managers and the president’s lawyers about the expected levels of decorum demanded in the Senate.

“In the 1905 Swayne trial, a senator objected when one of the managers used the word ‘pettifogging’ and the presiding officer said the word ought not to have been used,” Justice Roberts said.

“I don’t think we need to aspire to that high of a standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”

To “pettifog” is, states the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “to quibble over insignificant details” or “engage in legal chicanery”.

The word is so seldom used that Google Ngrams, which measures the frequency that words appear in books and journals, shows that “pettifogging” peaked in 1900, and has gradually disappeared, BBC News reported. Merriam-Webster reported that searches for the word “pettifogger” spiked 30,800%.

Trump’s previous record for tweets on a single day during his time in the White House was set on 12 December 12, 2019, the day the House Judiciary Committee opened its marathon session to approve two articles of impeachment against him.

Trump’ all-time record for tweets in a day before he became president was 161 posts in January 2015, according to Factba.se. Most of his tweeting that day was dedicated to plugging his reality television show.