Despite the fact that I had never heard of Rep. Mike Quigley before a month ago, he quickly became one of my new favorite American politicians when I came across this little gem of a story in the Hill.
As you are all painfully aware by now, there are fewer and fewer US politicians who are worthy of respect these days. However, Mike Quigley stole my heart, if only for a few minutes, when I read that he had decided to introduce the The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act.
Well, that sounds a little clunky, doesn’t it? That’s because it is, meant to spell out COVFEFE Act.
You all remember the whole Covfefe bananza, right? When Trump posted an obvious typo in his tweet, it went viral, and then the Administration in it’s infinite inability to ever admit to a simple error, tried to pass it off as a secret code word meant for Trump’s inner circle?
Despite the fact that I love me a good smart ass, the naming of this Act went further than a mere jab at the POTUS.
Presidential records must be preserved, according to the Presidential Records Act, which would make it potentially illegal for the president to delete tweets.
“President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. 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. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post,”
At the end of the day, Trump cannot have it both ways. His Administration has repeatedly stated that Trump’s use of his personal twitter account should be considered as official statements. If that is so, you can’t then turn around when it is convenient and shrug it off as unimportant when Trump uses twitter to stick his foot in his mouth. Far beyond making silly typos, Trump has also used his personal twitter account to undermine his own staff’s credibility, contradict himself and, of course, stoop to petty insults and sniping. So, if we are supposed to take him and his twitter feed seriously, then let’s make this official. Let’s get some accountability.
Politics and snark with a valid point? Two of my favorite things in the world. Without knowing anything else about Mike Quigley, I knew I’d at least respect him for his sass. More of this.
COVFEFE marks Quigley’s second use of an acronym to jab at President Trump. His Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act would force the president to make the White House visitor logs, as well as the visitor logs at Trump’s resorts, public.
Yup, it’s official. Mike Quigley, I like you.