Dec 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Hill’s top hashtags for 2021

Top 5 hashtags used by members of Congress, by party
Data: Quorum; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Posting on social media has increasingly become a part of congressional life, and the tweets, posts and hashtags used by senators and House members this year underscore vast partisan divides.

By the numbers: On social media, Republicans have hammered President Biden for record numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new report from Quorum. Meanwhile, Democrats have focused on Biden's legislative priorities — such as the "Build Back Better" agenda and the "For the People" voting rights bill.

  • The only hashtag to make it in the top five for both parties: COVID-19. It was the top hashtag overall for the second year in a row, according to Quorum.
  • In a head-t0-head comparison, congressional Democrats were more active on social media than Republicans this year.

What they're saying: Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) was the most frequent tweeter of #bidenbordercrisis, followed closely by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) both of whom are in border states.

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) tweeted #childtaxcredit the most, including it in 87 tweets. Next was Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), at 86.

Between the lines: The top hashtags used by each party shifted throughout the year and continually underscored the parties' differing priorities.

  • In June, for example, #juneteenth was the top hashtag for congressional Democrats, while #flagday came in second place for Republicans.
  • Juneteenth didn't make the top three for the GOP, nor Flag Day for Democrats.
  • In August, #afghanistan was the top hashtag for Republicans, while Democrats tweeted #buildbackbetter the most.
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