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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


What has he tweeted now? Odds are you’ve asked yourself this question in the wee hours of the morning with a knot in your stomach or a tightness in your chest. And while there’s no way to anticipate what horrors await—threat of nuclear war? Personal attack on a private citizen? The possibilities are endless!—we now have an idea of precisely how much time Donald Trump has spent torturing the country on social media since he assumed office. (An ABC poll found that 67 percent disapprove of the president’s use of Twitter.)

According to an intrepid Washington Post report, Trump takes an average of six minutes and 24 seconds composing his missives. Post reporter Philip Bump arrived at this number by measuring the time gap in his multi-part tweets, which ranged from 12 seconds for pre-programmed, lawyer-vetted messages to more than three hours for the president’s more free-associative screeds.

“These are estimates and they are impossible to verify,” he writes. “But the evidence at hand supports the idea that days of Trump’s time in the White House have been spent on sending out his Twitter messages.”

Trump has tweeted an astounding 1,817 times since becoming president. That amounts to 11,653 minutes—8.1 days, or approximately 3 percent of his time in office. And that figure doesn’t account for the time he’s expended perusing his timeline for dank white supremacist memes.

We can only begin to fathom how many weeks he’s spent watching “Fox & Friends.”

H/T Washington Post

Jacob Sugarman is a managing editor at AlterNet.


Header image by Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

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10 responses to “How Much Time Does Trump Spend Tweeting? Too Much”

  1. dbtheonly says:

    It’s hardly either tweeting or “Fox and Friend”. Trump often tweets comments or responses to various Fox stories. It’s both.

    I remember a comment by Jack Kennedy. He stated that while in office, he really didn’t get much time to watch TV, “unless it’s a documentary or Jack Benny”.

    On the other hand, should we really complain? The time spent tweeting or
    watching Fox isn’t being spent on activities that might be productive.

    • FireBaron says:

      Productive? Teflon Donnie being productive? Don’t you know he has people for that?

    • Dapper Dan says:

      Honestly now. How many presidents prior to 45 have sat down watching tv hours on end ? I know Homeland is a favorite for lawmakers usually republican but that’s fine. It’s 1 hour a week and I’ve seen the show but missed last season getting wrapped up in the political drama here at home. This POTUS defies all expectations of having the most important job in this country. Knowing he was an unethical rotten businessman he would be a disaster as president. He actually is doing even worse than I expected but the good news is this heavy tv viewer doesn’t have time to screw up even worse. He’s expecting all the heavy lifting to be done by subordinates as he barks orders at them

  2. idamag says:

    His tweets are the substitute for press releases. He has to do something besides golf. And on the up side, while he is tweeting his fat fingers are away from the red button.

    • dbtheonly says:

      The less Trump accomplishes in the next 3 and a half years, the happier I’ll be.

    • Dapper Dan says:

      The irony about launching nuclear codes isn’t as simple as hitting a red button or even getting on the phone giving the command. There are complex procedures to follow and the president daily gets new codes to use if we use nukes. This is actually a good way to keep him from using them because you do need to have an IQ higher than 45 to order a nuclear strike

  3. johninPCFL says:

    On the plus side, it’s eight days he wasn’t wandering around in his Alzheimer’s induced dementia wondering what the red button with the “LAUNCH” label does.

  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth says:

    And yet, the nation pays this degenerate parasite handsomely to use most of our money to waste on Twitter nonsense.
    No other nation allows such a waste of resources the way America does. Nonetheless, many wonder why the debt is so high?

  5. And yet, the nation pays this degenerate parasite handsomely to use most of our money to waste on Twitter nonsense.
    No other nation allows such a waste of resources the way America does. Nonetheless, many wonder why the debt is so high, coal workers are content to while away the time feeling good reading Trump’s idiotic ramblings about nothing important and waiting to go back to jobs in the mines that will never materialize, and other Red State denizens are thrilled by the vitriol and low level of communication abilities displayed by Donald.

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