Spin Factor

Post-Election Blues (and Reds)

With the midterm elections behind them, Republican members of Congress appeared to distance themselves from Trump. But they weren’t shy about using Twitter to honor late President George H.W. Bush.

As we’ve discussed in past issues of The Conversation, Democrats in Congress tweet about President Trump far more than their Republican counterparts. But with the midterm elections behind them, the partisan divide has increased even further. Democrats tweeted about Trump a whopping 7.8 times more than Republicans during this period, with 490 tweets vs. 63 tweets about Trump.

However, in light President George H.W. Bush’s death over the weekend, Republican lawmakers took to Twitter to voice their condolences and highlight his legacy. When looking at the percentage of each party’s tweets about Bush, 10 percent of all Republican Congress members’ tweets discussed Bush, compared to five percent of Democratic lawmakers’ tweets.