A defining aspect of former President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House was his use of social media—especially Twitter.
Tweeting or retweeting dozens or even hundreds of times a day, the former President would use his allotted 280 characters to announce firings, berate his enemies, or amplify conspiracy theories, especially regarding the lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" by Democrats, whom he claimed orchestrated widespread election fraud.
After these lies prompted a mob of his extremist supporters to storm the United States Capitol in hopes of upending the joint congressional session acknowledging now-President Joe Biden's victory, Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and remains indefinitely banned from Facebook and Instagram.
Since then, Trump has begun issuing would-be tweets as official statements from the "Office of the 45th President." Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's tweets are far less off-the-cuff and almost universally stick to promoting his policies and broadcasting his victories.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn highlighted this by quoting a piece from Politico about the Biden White House's media strategy.
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more https://t.co/Gc6W1gubqB via @politico— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn) 1618224518.0
Cornyn highlighted the oxymoronic claim that Biden's tweets are "unimaginably conventional," which was decried by many as the mistaken belief that a President's Twitter account should be a form of entertainment, rather than an arm of political messaging.
At a daily White House press briefing on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Cornyn's tweet.
Psaki response on Cornyn: I can confirm that the President of the United States does not spend his time tweeting co… https://t.co/asXayC5QRr— Acyn (@Acyn) 1618246055.0
Psaki said in response to the sentiment:
"I can confirm that the President of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories. He spends his time working on behalf of the American people."
Cornyn later emphasized that he was only highlighting excerpts of the Politico article.
Thanks. I posted the whole story so people can read it for themselves, and highlighted a couple of excerpts. https://t.co/DYQY7cRgKB— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn) 1618246427.0
All the same, social media users hailed Psaki's answer.
Just when you thought Jen Psaki @PressSec couldn't get more awesome this happens 👇https://t.co/yrABHfAwx0— Henry Djoutsa (@Henry Djoutsa) 1618246512.0
Boom! https://t.co/h3fdSv3kaW— Hurricane Helms (@Hurricane Helms) 1618247181.0
there should have been a standing ovation https://t.co/giSpMmdubT— Andy Bloom (@Andy Bloom) 1618246278.0
Meanwhile, the "unimaginably conventional" quip earned widespread backlash.
What Is He Hiding? Joe Biden Still Hasn't Given an MTV Cribs-Style Tour of the White House Where He Shows Us 'Where… https://t.co/EdLfJ9c1bV— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1618250417.0
This ⤵️makes perfect sense if you believe that a president should be a cult leader and media personality instead of… https://t.co/E5J3vrZak6— Teri Kanefield (@Teri Kanefield) 1618239271.0
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn doesn’t believe President Biden is doing his job because he doesn’t tweet abou… https://t.co/48JogI7MEx— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1618236901.0
How is this a bad thing? Isn't this how most presidents acted before Trump? https://t.co/MW5nyopUrK— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1618235628.0
Translation: "I wish the president of the United States was unhinged and consumed with bile so I could see what dai… https://t.co/xyx64cHmd2— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien) 1618233965.0
By and large, Americans seem content not worrying about the President's Twitter timeline being unimaginably erratic.