Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.) is topping his Democratic presidential primary rivals in at least one category: tweeting about President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
A new analysis published Thursday found that the San Francisco Bay Area congressman has tweeted about the president by name more than any other 2020 candidate has so far this year, mentioning Trump in nearly one-quarter of his tweets.
Swalwell has led the crowded Democratic primary field in both percentage and number of Trump mentions on Twitter in 2019, according to the Bay Area News Group analysis.
The word “Trump” or the @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle was used in 23 percent of Swalwell’s tweets. He was trailed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who mentioned the president in 16 percent of his tweets. Trump was mentioned least by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D), who named him in less than 1 percent of his tweets.
Swalwell mentioned Trump 286 times and used his Twitter handle 114 times.
Swalwell told The Mercury News that the “the prosecutor in me” makes him shame the president.
The analysis used tweets from the presidential hopefuls’ campaign accounts in the first five months of this year. It did not include retweets or tweets where the candidates referred to “the president” or “this president” without using his name or Twitter handle.
Trump is known for using his Twitter account to jab his political opponents with nicknames and personal attacks. But he has largely avoided tweets about most of the 2020 candidates, the exception being former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, the group’s front-runner.
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