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President Trump set a personal record last month by tweeting or retweeting nearly 800 times, almost 100 posts beyond what he published in any previous month of his presidency, according to a USA Today analysis.
Why it matters: Trump sent his September slew of tweets amid a rapidly unfurling impeachment inquiry, which also came as he targeted 2020 Democrats in preparation for his reelection bid. He has faced backlash from political competitors and some allies as a result of his tweets.
By the numbers:
- Trump published his own words on Twitter 500 times last month, twice his average monthly frequency in 2018.
- Trump used the word "treason" 5 times and the word "Ukraine" more than 40 times out of 320 since the story broke about his July phone call with Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky,
- Trump raised the name of Biden or his son, Hunter, more than 20 times.
- He also wrote "Schiff" 22 times in reference to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), whose committee is investigating the phone call with Zelensky as part of an impeachment inquiry.
The big picture: No other administration has used Twitter like Trump has, and social media platforms are struggling to cope with the reality of becoming political battlegrounds as the 2020 elections ramp up.