The ‘Covfefe Act’ is now a thing that exists, because of course it does

Today in "things we really wish didn't need to happen," Democratic Representative Mike Quigley has introduced the Covfefe Act. No, we're not kidding. The Illinois congressman shared a statement on his website on Monday morning explaining that the Presidential Records Act has been expanded to include any social media posts shared by the President of the United States, not just posts shared from the official @POTUS accounts. (Niiiiiiiiiiiiice. Very well done, guys. Super clever.) The letters, which are likely just a meaningless misspelling of the word "coverage," sparked a trove of conspiracy theories, and were even added to the Words with Friends dictionary, so it only makes sense that they would now literally inspire a congressman to take action. Though the official @POTUS and White House Twitter accounts have been archived in the past, Trump often tweets from his personal account, which was not previously referenced in the Presidential Records Act. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Back in March, Quigley also introduced the "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness" Act — or "MAR-A-LAGO" Act — as a nod to Trump's Florida property.

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Today in “things we really wish didn’t need to happen,” Democratic Representative Mike Quigley has introduced the Covfefe Act.

No, we’re not kidding.

The Illinois congressman shared a statement on his website on Monday morning explaining that the Presidential Records Act has been expanded to include any social media posts shared by the President of the United States, not just posts shared from the official @POTUS accounts.

According to Quigley, the “COVFEFE” Act stands for “Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement.” (Niiiiiiiiiiiiice. Very well done, guys. Super clever.)

The name of the act is clearly a reference to the infamous Trump tweet, in which the president shared the non-existent term “covfefe” with his millions of followers, deleted it, and then had his press secretary announce that “the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”

The letters, which are likely just a meaningless misspelling of the word “coverage,” sparked a trove of conspiracy theories, and were even added to the Words with Friends dictionary, so it only makes sense that they would now literally inspire a congressman to take action.

Essentially, the bill alters the existing Presidential Records Act to ensure anything that falls under the term “social media” will now be eligible to be documented and archived.

Though the official @POTUS and White House Twitter accounts have…

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