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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am

A little blue bird told us

Historians of the future – assuming, of course, that profession survives – may parse the tweets of our presidents the way they pore over the handwritten letters of Abraham Lincoln.  The groundwork for that field of study was laid Sunday by the New York Times, which  presented an exhaustive analysis of President Donald Trump's Twitter pronouncements. Some toplines:

• The president has tweeted more than 11,000 times.

• Trump averaged about 49 tweets per week during his first year in the White House, but his rate of posts has risen steadily. “Since May,” the Times reported, “he has tweeted an average of 160 times per week.” During the second week of October, the president issued 271 tweets.

• There were 5,889 tweets in which Trump attacked more than 630 “people or things” as president. “The most frequent targets of his ire,” the Times reported, “have been Democrats, investigations and the news media.” Trump praised someone or something in 4,876 tweets. More than 2,000 of those tweets were about himself.