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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Rep. Quigley introduces 'COVFEFE Act' to preserve Trump's personal tweets

Jun 12, 2017
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By Katherine Skiba

It's called the COVFEFE Act.

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, would ensure that even social media post from the President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account — @realDonaldTrump — are archived in the same manner as his official account, @POTUS.

The title of Quigley's measure employs the word Trump invented with what's presumed to be a typing error in an early-morning May 31 post from his personal account.

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe," the post started, with "covfefe" thought to be an attempt at "coverage," given the context.


Hours went by before the president revisited the word, posting: "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" The original Twitter message was later deleted.

Quigley, while having a little fun with the newly invented word, is dead serious about the bill. Officially he's calling it the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement, or COVFEFE, Act.

In a news release, Quigley's office said that the National Archives offered guidance in 2014 stating its belief that social media merit historical recording. But Trump's frequent use of his personal account — and his deleted Tweets — raised Quigley's concern over whether all would be archived in keeping with the Presidential Records Act.

If we're laughing at 'covfefe,' things must not be so bad after all


Quigley is a co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. His party is in the minority in the House, so prospects of passage are far from guaranteed.

"We are also soliciting co-sponsors now," Quigley aide Tara Vales said.

The White House had no immediate comment.