Covfefe Please

Covfefe : dankmemesSince we’re talking about Trump getting back on Twitter, I thought it would behoove us to revisit what covfefe means in case someone still thinks it means, “I’m a buffoon in the morning before I have my coffee” or something stupid like that. 

Here is a summary. . .

The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act (COVFEFE Act), House Bill H.R. 2884, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on June 12, 2017, during the 115th United States Congress. The bill was intended to amend the Presidential Records Act to preserve Twitter posts and other social media interactions of the President of the United States and requires the National Archives to store such items. H.R. 2884 was assigned to the House Oversight and Reform Committee for consideration. While in committee, there were no roll call votes related to the bill. The bill died in committee.

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, introduced the legislation due to Donald Trump’s routine use of Twitter, stating “In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets. 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”.   If enacted, the bill “would bar the prolifically tweeting president from deleting his posts, as he has sometimes done”.

The COVFEFE Act would also see United States law treat American presidents’ personal social media accounts (e.g., Trump’s “@realDonaldTrump” Twitter account) the same as “official” social media accounts (e.g., the “@POTUS” Twitter account).

Although the bill had died in committee… it represents a much-needed step to ensure quality world leadership…. after all, we just can’t have Yahoos deleting posts and wiping public policy from the internet.

The information age has grown too fast, for government to keep up with it… there are issues regarding how, what, where, when, and why information may need to be controlled, monitored, and this goes for internet providers as well.  

Humanity is figuring out how to navigate all of this while retaining freedom of speech… freedom to communicate… and this sometimes goes head-to-head with censorship.

Now that Trump is going to post on Twitter, looks like we need to resurrect the COVFEFE ACT.   Trump will help get the dialogue going again.