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Donald Trump really has become the commander-in-tweet.
The president’s @realDonaldTrump account sent a record 142 tweets and retweets during the second day of his impeachment trial on Wednesday, according to the data tracking service Factba.se , marking his all-time highest number of tweets in a single day since becoming president.
That includes 124 retweets from accounts including @TeamTrump, @GOP and @WhiteHouse, which Factbase noted is his greatest amount of retweets ever. But Wednesday’s grand total of 142 tweets (which, at their peak, came in at 41 tweets an hour between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern Time, or the 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. window at Davos) is still almost 20 tweets shy of his all-time tweeting record of 161 missives sent on Jan. 5, 2015, before he took office.
Trump’s historic impeachment — only the third in U.S. history — has spurred repeated record-breaking posting from the president’s account over the past few months. For example, the president sent 115 tweets and retweets on Dec. 12, the Associated Press reported , as the House Judiciary Committee spent 14 hours debating the impeachment charges against him before delaying the vote until the next morning, when it approved the two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress.
The posts were “repeatedly declaring his innocence and retweeting comments and video of supporters defending his conduct,” the AP noted. The posts also included a dig against 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was named Time’s Person of the Year.
Previously, September 2019 was named Trump’s busiest month on Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +1.79% ever. The data storytellers at Chartr counted Trump’s posts via the Trump Twitter Archive , one of a few searchable databases of every one of the president’s tweets. And it found that Trump sent 797 tweets in September, or more than 26 per day on average, including retweets, which added up to a little more than 11,000 tweets since he took the White House.
After that, the president tweeted more in the week leading up to Oct. 1 than he had in any seven-day period since his inauguration, according to a separate CNBC analysis of his feed, which described the sudden flood of posts as an “impeachment-themed tweetstorm.” The report counted more than 250 tweets from Trump in the seven days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry, averaging almost 40 posts a day.
Both tweet tallies came on the heels of a CNN analysis , which also found that the president is tweeting more now than he did during the first two years of his presidency. He’s also talking more on camera, and giving lengthier speeches at his rallies.
CNN public editor and political fact-checker Daniel Dale drew on data from Factba.se , which tracks, transcribes and indexes everything that Trump says and posts. Its mission is not to debate or to characterize any of the president’s comments, but rather to preserve a public archive to keep Americans informed.
And this chart shows that Trump has averaged 83 tweets a week in 2019 as of late September, which is a 43% increase from when he posted 58 tweets a week in 2018. It’s a whopping 91% spike from the 44 tweets a week that he tapped out in 2017.
He’s retweeting even more, averaging 38 RTs a week this year, which is a 326% spike from about nine a week in 2018, and six a week in 2017.
Trump is also expressing himself more IRL, as well. The data finds that his rally speeches have increased 26% from last year, now averaging at about one hour and 22 minutes, compared with one hour and five minutes last year, and just 59 minutes the year before.
Indeed, seven of the 10 longest rally speeches of Trump’s presidency were given in 2019 — and at the time of this CNN analysis, Trump had only had 11 rallies in 2019.
He’s also chewing reporters’ ears off more just before or just after his flights on Marine One or Air Force One. This “chopper talk” has averaged 12 minutes and 37 seconds this year, or a 78% increase over the chats that hovered around seven minutes and five seconds last year.
And with the 2020 presidential election around the corner, Trump is also spending more time on camera. The POTUS averaged about two hours and 37 minutes a week speaking on the air through the second week of September 2019, or about 25 extra minutes talking on camera a week compared with the same time last year.
But Dale suggests that it isn’t just the pending election or impeachment that is spurring Trump to speak more publicly. Dale writes that, “The increases have come as Trump has rid himself of most of the advisers who reportedly tried to constrain his impulses, like chief of staff John Kelly and defense secretary James Mattis, and as he has appeared to become even more comfortable behaving as he wishes. This is Trump unleashed.”
This story was originally published in Sept. 2019, and has been updated with the latest Factba.se data.