Trump uses Twitter to block Congressional movement

Some might say that Twitter is an unorthodox way of communicating to Congress.


Matt A.J.

Trump uses many unique methods to communicate politically.

By Clayton Keeling, Copy Editor

Before noon on Tuesday, January 3, House Republican Lawmakers voted to stop the movement that could reform the Office of Congressional Ethics due to Donald Trump tweeting that he thought they should “focus on tax reform, healthcare, and so many other things of far greater importance”.

Twitter was founded in 2006, and has been a source huge source of social media for years. However, over the last few years, it has become increasingly politicized and used as a campaign and marketing tool.

Utilizing social media to campaign and gain support makes sense and has been very effective for campaigns like Bernie Sanders, who had a very large millennial following, largely due to Twitter.

But Donald Trump has used Twitter to directly make a political move. By sending his tweets concerning the House’s vote on the Ethics Office he “animated the press,” as Rep. Steve King(R-IA) said, leading to the House backing down from their decision.

It was just Monday night they had decided to take the measure regarding the Office of Congressional Ethics, a move that both parties of the House agree may be necessary.

And after Trump tweeted his disapproval, they backed down hours later.

Trump hasn’t been a big political follower of the norm, and he demonstrates that here again, with both his opinion on the House’s decision and how he dissuades them.